Ashley Young hits back as Manchester United's global standing compared with Liverpool

Ashley Young of Manchester United walks out ahead of a first team training session at Aon Training Complex on February 11, 2019 in Manchester, England.

The Red Devils ace was having none of it when his team was compared to that of their bitter rivals.

Ashley Young acknowledges the suppport of the travelling Manchester United fans during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on...

Manchester United full-back Ashley Young has given a stern response when asked by a journalist whether he thought Liverpool were as much of a force as the Red Devils in world football.

Jurgen Klopp's charges are vying for the Premier League title this season, jostling for first place alongside Manchester City, while Tottenham Hotspur are still very much in the running.

Though Man United have experienced a revival under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning 10 out of 11 games since succeeding Jose Mourinho in December, they remain 14 points behind the top two.

 

 

Young, who signed a one-year contract extension at Old Trafford earlier this week, spoke to L'Equipe about the current state of affairs at Old Trafford when the reporter asked him about the prospect of Liverpool now being as illustrious as them in terms of their standing at a global level.

"Pay attention to what you’re saying," the 33-year-old told the French outlet. "There are other criteria to consider. For example, the popularity of Manchester United is just crazy.

Ashley Young of Manchester United shoots while under pressure from Sadio Mane of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December...

"Whenever we do pre-season tours, whether in Asia or the United States, all the training sessions open to the public are crowded and there are fans around our hotel, at any time of the day or night. And it’s the same when I go on holiday: wherever you go around the world, you will find a United fan."

Speaking of their standing in global football, Man United now turn their attentions to Europe as the former host Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in their Champions League last-16 first leg, while Liverpool host Bayern Munich at Anfield next week - crucial games against tough opponents in their quest for the big trophy.

Ashley Young of Manchester United and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool  during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool,...

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