Young eager to adapt to Van Gaal's Manchester United

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Ashley Young is eager to adapt to a number of positions in Louis van Gaal's new-look Manchester United side.

The Dutchman has arrived at Old Trafford playing a variation of the 3-5-2 system he used with the Netherlands during the World Cup.

The system relies heavily on the pace and stamina of wing-backs, and although Young has primarily been a winger throughout his career, he has been deployed on both sides in the formation during pre-season so far.

The Red Devils have won all three of their games to date on their tour of the United States and the former Aston Villa star is relishing the chance to show what he can do in the unusual formation.

He told the club's official website: "It’s been good to play in the different positions. I started on the left [against Inter] and ended up on the right. I can play in both wing-back positions and if the manager calls on me to do something I’ve got every confidence in myself to go out there and play well.

"It’s always nice to hear praise from the manager and when he puts that belief in you to go out there and perform you want to repay him, and that’s exactly what I’m looking to do every time I pull on the United shirt.

"We’re delighted to get another win [against Inter]. Stepping up for that first penalty was a good challenge and I was always confident I was going to score. I’ve been practicing them and I knew exactly where I was going to put it."

Young was used sparingly by David Moyes last term with the wide-man making just 20 appearances amid regular controversies surrounding accusations of diving, but he could be set for a new lease of life under LVG this coming season.

Should Van Gaal persist with the 3-5-2 formation however, he has accepted that he will need to beef up his options in the centre-back areas.

Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand left the club this summer, and the former Oranje boss is aware of his lack of numbers at the back, with reports linking him with a £16 million move for Borussia Dortmund's World Cup winner, Mats Hummels.

He told reporters: "We are doing well but we are looking for defenders. Defenders have gone and we have to replace them."

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