Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young has dismissed the idea the side could be affected by a busy winter schedule.
United have endured a favourable fixture list so far this season, but manager Louis van Gaal has already voiced his frustration over the number of festive fixtures his team have to play in a short period of time.
However, Young doesn’t see it as a problem and has suggested the intensity in United training shows how motivated the entire squad is to ensure the team maintain, and improve upon, their place in the top four.
“This has always been when United teams come strong and get points on the board,” he told MUTV.
“You look further up the table rather than looking around you. We hope to come strong after the Christmas period and that can only set us up for the rest of the season.”
“If you saw our training sessions, you would see that everybody wants to be in the team and playing.”
United have six fixtures between now and the end of December, which deprives them of the luxury of the rest and recovery time they’ve had in between games for most of the season.
It will also place the squad under extra added strain considering the number of injuries Louis van Gaal has had to put up with for most of the season and Young sympathises with those individuals currently in the treatment room.
“It's always hard for a player to get injured and I am no different to that. Seeing the boys go out to train and knowing you are just in the gym day in, day out was tough but hopefully, fingers crossed, the injuries are behind me now so I can just concentrate on playing football.”
After a difficult start, there’s some positive feeling building up around Old Trafford and it’s encouraging that Young, a player often criticised by fans, wants to be in the thick of it.