Manchester United winger Ashley Young has heaped praise on manager Louis van Gaal for helping him to turn his career around at Old Trafford.
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The 29-year-old struggled to make much of an impact under former boss David Moyes during the 2013/14 campaign and there was major speculation last summer that his career at the club was coming to an end upon the arrival of van Gaal.
However, the winger has forced his way into the Dutchman’s plans during the season, partly down to his versatility by playing out of position as a left-back at times during the campaign.
When moved into his favoured left-wing role towards the end of the season, his form was so impressive that the club’s record signing Angel Di Maria had to settle for a place on the bench.
Young, who scored twice and created five in 26 league apperances during the season, says that he has thoroughly enjoyed working under van Gaal:
“Working with Louis van Gaal has been a great experience.” He told the club’s official website.
“I never thought I’d see myself at left-back but I’ve found myself there during games and I’ve enjoyed it – I’ve enjoyed playing football again. As a player you want to play every game and I’m no different.”
“The manager has called upon me whether it’s been left wing-back, left wing or left-back and I’ve gone out there and given 110% as I always do and I’ve enjoyed the season.” Young added.