Ashley Young was expected to leave Manchester United last summer – as per the Guardian.
However, as over 30 players were shipped out of the club when Louis van Gaal took over as manager, Young was one of the lucky few that were handed a reprieve.
It has not been easy for him since then either. Young was forced to play in an unorthodox left wing-back role for the opening stages of the season as United persevered with a 3-4-1-2 formation. His lively performances meant he had started to win back some of his doubters.
Young started nine games in a row before a hamstring injury saw his run in the team cut short on New Years' Day. Since his return from that lay-off, he has nailed down the left-wing role as Van Gaal changed to a more orthodox system.
In fact, Young has arguably been United's most consistent player when he has featured this year, meaning he is well on the way to becoming something of a fan favourite at Old Trafford.
His ability to ask constant questions of the opposing full-back every time he picks up the ball is what is expected of a United winger and his end product has also begun to improve.
When he is on form, Young's direct style combined with his lightning pace and ability to use both feet to cross the ball causes full-backs nightmares.
Roy Hodgson was present during United's comprehensive 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. Although he wasn't the stand-out performer like he has been in recent weeks, Young was dangerous in tandem with Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini down the left.
His consistency this season should be rewarded with a first England call-up since September 2013.