Sunday, 2 December 2012

Ashley Young Not Worried By United Diamond Snub

Ashley Young insists Manchester United's new diamond formation is not going to drive him out of the club.

Winger Young is the biggest loser in the fall-out from Alex Ferguson's decision to switch tactics at times this season.

Ferguson is using a new shape to accommodate his clutch of top class strikers in the line-up - including in the midweek 1-0 defeat of West Ham.

In the set up, Wayne Rooney fills an attacking midfield role - and that means picking a team without wingers.

So, Young is being forced to watch on from the sidelines when Fergie decides he wants to mix it up.

But rather than let his frustration get the better of him, the England man is trying to persuade Ferguson he can be the inventive spark within the system.

He said: "I wasn't worried when the diamond formation emerged. It was fine.

"I'm a versatile player who can operate in a number of different positions so I'm comfortable with whatever formation the manager picks.

"I think that's the same for quite a few of the players at this club. We are able to adapt easily."

Young, 27, joined Manchester United from Aston Villa for £17.5m in the summer of 2011 but is struggling to establish himself as a regular this term.

He puts that down a series of injuries that have disrupted his form.

The wideman has started just six games and is yet to score for the Reds this season.

And he moaned: "When I was at Villa, I barely missed a match so I've found these periods when I've been out very difficult to take.

"I never realised how hard it was to keep yourself motivated when everybody else is out training and you are stuck inside doing rehab.

"As a footballer you always want to be playing. It is never nice when you are on the sidelines.

"So now that I've managed to get back to full fitness and get back into the team I'm really happy."

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