Ashley Young has demanded silverware from Manchester United this season, which seems to be bringing pressure onto himself.
Ashley Young has not had his best Premier League season this year, in and out of the side due to a mixture of injuries and inconsistent performances.
Therefore, it may annoy several United fans that he’s speaking in the media demanding the club win the double by the end of the season, when he’s not really played a massive part in either competition.
He’s started in just 14 Premier League games this season and one FA Cup match, which is due to the inconsistency he has produced and the fact that United are blessed with wide players at the moment.
The only goals he has scored this season have come in England colours so there is a definite air of feeling that he is riding on the back of more successful players at the club.
He’s putting pressure onto himself to perform by demanding that United win silverware. Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to use him over the rest of the season and his comments ensure that he has to put in blinding performances or he’ll be straight back out of the team.
It also creates a lot of external pressure attached to the team which is something they could do without, as they are already under enough pressure as it is trying to ensure that Manchester City don’t come back in the league and now having to edge past Chelsea in the FA Cup.
If he doesn’t perform when he is selected from this point forward then he is going to be dropped faster than a hot potato because of the fact Antonio Valencia, Nani and several other players can all play down United’s right and left sides.
His performances are also going to become magnified because the fans will be looking and watching to see if he can play as big as he talks.
He’s had a very successful United career up to this point but he has to be very careful that he doesn’t trip himself up at a time when his place in the first team isn’t guaranteed and a time when Sir Alex Ferguson is going to be looking at making changes this summer.
His comments are purely innocent and forward thinking but Ferguson is an old school boss, a take it one match at a time sort of manager who would prefer his players not to speak about silverware until they are physically holding it.
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