Manchester United fans blasted Ashley Young; it's now time for praise

The former Aston Villa wideman has been in good form for the Old Trafford outfit, which deserves to be recognised.

Since signing for Manchester United back in the summer of 2011, the verdict has firmly been out on whether Ashley Young was good enough to play for the historic Old Trafford outfit.

A move away from Manchester has seemed to be on the cards on a number of recent occasions, with the 29-year-old feeling the brunt of criticism due to mediocre performances and accusations of simulation.

The Stevenage-born winger became something of a scapegoat at United last season, with the majority of the Old Trafford faithful believing he was not good enough for the club and voicing as much freely.

However, under Louis van Gaal this season the England international has been reinvented, filling in at the unfamiliar roles of left-back and wing-back while others have been injured or unavailable.

Not famed for his defensive abilities, Young has stuck to his task well and has particularly put in strong performances in recent weeks as United have stretched their Premier League winning streak to six games.

Although the club’s attacking players like Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney have gained the majority of the plaudits, Young must also be adjudged as one of the better performing of United’s players of late.

Questions remain over just how much of a role the former Watford man will play in the starting XI when others return from injury, but for the time being Young has performed well and should be recognised as such.

In the media and on the terraces plenty are quick to chastise players who are not performing at their best, as Young will well know; with the roles reversed and the wideman excelling he should gain just as much recognition as some of his more-illustrious team-mates.

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