Ashley Young praises ‘brilliant’ Manchester United team spirit in top four push

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Manchester United speedster Ashley Young had credited their impressive form, losing just two games in 20 matches and climbing up to fourth in the Premier League, to the atmosphere within the dressing room, according to the Mirror.

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The former Aston Villa winger faces his old employers at Old Trafford at the weekend in a big clash at both ends of the table, though Young believes the brilliant team spirit will be key for the run in.

The England international has managed to work his way into Louis van Gaal’s first team plans, but concedes the number of high profile departures from the club, and signings which followed, have changed the behind the scenes dynamic at the club.

He said, “You have got to have good team spirit and we have got that here. We always have done.

“When you’ve got Vida [Nemanja Vidic], Rio [Ferdinand] and [Patrice] Evra leaving, individuals who were not only big characters but captains, people have to step up and take over that mantle

“There are big characters in the dressing room and everyone gets on with everybody else. The team spirit we have got here is brilliant.

“We’ve got one captain but, when we’re on the pitch, there are 11 captains and everyone wants to be pulling in the right direction and wanting to perform and do as we well as we can as a team. When you have got that on and off the pitch, it’s great.”

Young also revealed, now in his fourth season with Manchester United, he feels like a senior member of the squad at Old Trafford, having featured in 18 games for the side.

He said: “I was looking around and thinking I was in the top six or seven who have been here the longest now.

“Whereas I used to say I was a youngster, now I can only say that by my name!

“You give out more advice and try to help the youngsters along but it’s everybody’s job really. Everybody chips in.”


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