Manchester United winger Ashley Young has said that he’s ready to step up and play forward if need be with Wayne Rooney being out injured.
Young, 30, is considered to be a wide attacking midfielder, but he has played in the forward position before during his time at Aston Villa. Young spoke to The Guardian ahead of United’s Champions League opener against PSV Eindhoven on the road on Tuesday. Rooney will miss the game with a hamstring injury.
“If the manager wants me to play there then yes, of course I would,” Young said. “I can play in lots of positions and I have done that under the manager, whether it is up front or in midfield. Hopefully I can play there [through the middle] but it’s up to the manager.”
Manager Louis van Gaal is limited in his options on the striker position after the departure of Robin van Persie, Falcao and Javier Hernandez during the summer. Young has only started one game for United this season, and that was on opening day against Tottenham.
“It has [been a while] and every player in the squad wants to be in the starting XI and I am not different,” Young said. “I want to play as much as I can, but when I am called from the bench as I was against Liverpool, I just want to show the manager that I am ready and willing to give 100 percent.
“I have always said that it is good to have competition for places and we have that in abundance in the squad.”