A look at the scale of Ashley Young's Manchester United transformation

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The winger's stats compared to last season show a remarkable improvement in several areas.

If there’s one player who’s turned his career at Manchester United around this season, it’s Ashley Young.

The winger has endured a difficult time in recent seasons at Old Trafford, no more so than under former manager David Moyes last season as United struggled following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

This season though he has been revitalised under Louis Van Gaal, playing a starring role in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Manchester City. That was his 20th game this season, the same number as last year, and the stats show reals improvement.

  SeasonGoalsAssistsAccurate Crosses per gameAccurate Passes per gameTotal DribblesWon DribblesAppearances
Ashley Young 2013-2014 2 1 0.8 18.05 33 13 20
Ashley Young 2014-2015 2 3 1.6 26.05 56 29 20

Most notably, the 29-year-old’s passing has shown a marked improvement. He has 25.6 successful passes per game compared to just 18 per game last season, while his pass completion rate is at 80% compared to last season’s tally of 79%.

His crossing has also improved, with him registering 1.6 successful crosses per game this season compared to just 0.8 per game last season. Even his dribbling has been more successful, with him having a success rate of 51% this season compared to 39% last year.

Finally, he has also managed three assists so far this season, compared to last year’s one, while his goal tally stands at the same number.

It's an impressive improvement in several areas this season for Ashley Young, whose statistics may be even better had he not played a substantial portion of his Premier League games in defence.

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