Michael Ball thinks Everton should target Manchester United's weak-link Ashley Young

1 Apr 2000:  Michael Ball of Everton during the FA Carling Premiership game between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. The game ended 4-2 to Everton. \ Mandatory...

Everton will host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United at Goodison Park on Saturday with Marco Silva's side looking for another Premier League coup.

Ashley Young of Man Utd looks dejected during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Derby County at Old Trafford on September 25, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Michael Ball has identified Manchester United captain Ashley Young as a potential weak link ahead of Everton’s Premier League clash against the Red Devils on Sunday, while speaking to the Liverpool Echo.

Manchester United are likely to have a point to prove when they make the trip to Goodison Park with the positivity that surrounded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s start to life at Old Trafford being tested by a series of disappointing results.

And there is no guarantee of three Premier League points on Merseyside, given that Everton have beaten both Arsenal and Chelsea on home turf in recent weeks.


Ball certainly believes that the Toffees should feel positive about another high-profile victory and believes exploiting the ageing Young could be their best route to success.

“Manchester United aren't having the best season, so there's potentially a chance of three points again this weekend,” said the former Manchester City left-back, who played for Everton between 1996 and 2001.

“In particular their full-back positions are pretty weak. Ashley Young is a modified winger playing at right-back.

Ashley Young of Manchester United and Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on April 2,...

“With our forwards in supposedly such good form, we should be targeting that position and you’re expecting us to have a lot of joy, especially down that flank.”

Young certainly looked every one of his 33 years against Barcelona in the Champions League recently and in-form Brazil international Bernard should be licking his lips about the prospect of taking on the former Aston Villa forward on Saturday.

Bernard was electric against Arsenal recently and his skill, speed and vision should give Everton a chance of finding a way past United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Bernard of Everton runs with the ball under pressure from Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on April 07,...

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