Louis van Gaal on Manchester United's Ashley Young: He's no Neymar

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Louis van Gaal likes Ashley Young, but does not see him as a long term solution at Manchester United, a potential boost to Aston Villa.

Ashley Young has turned around his Manchester United career in the past 12 months.

The winger has gone from a player fans were keen to see cashed in on, to vital member of the first team squad, making the most from the change in management from David Moyes to Louis van Gaal.

Young has only one year remaining on his current contract, and while he told The Guardian last week he is keen to earn a new deal, comments from his manager suggest this is in jeopardy.

The winger was namechecked by Van Gaal in a Q&A during the club's tour as a player who had done well, but ultimately is unlikely to be the answer for Manchester United.

Reported by The Mirror, Van Gaal said: "We have to be much better and we can use much more creativity.

"And so we have to compare. Ashley Young had a fantastic season last time, but he is not a Neymar, and we have to compete with that kind of class."

United have already bought Memphis Depay this summer, but his addition would be negated if United sell Angel di Maria, their record signing, as has been speculated by The BBC, with PSG said to be closing in.

Indeed if United could combine the attitude and desire of Young to succeed, with the talent of Di Maria, they may have the solution for their problems, but for now it seems as though Louis van Gaal is intent on searching for such a player as he aims to dethrone champions Chelsea.

Boost for Aston Villa

The Mail reported earlier this week that Aston Villa are weighing up an offer to re-sign Ashley Young, having sold him to United in 2011.

As it stands Young is likely to want to stay put, but if United do sign a big name winger, and Louis van Gaal tells Young his playing time could be limited, that could easily change.

Van Gaal's comments on Young's limitations compared to the type of player he wants to sign, indicates that he may not be part of his long term plans.

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