Young tells Van Gaal: I can be Man Utd's striker

The England international feels he has what it takes to play in a central role and is hopeful of forcing himself into the starting XI in the coming weeks


Ashley Young feels he has what it takes to play as a striker for Manchester United should Louis van Gaal need him to play there.

Wayne Rooney will miss Tueday’s clash with PSV with a hamstring injury, leaving youngsters Anthony Martial and James Wilson as the only recognised strikers, though Marouane Fellaini could start up front in Eindhoven, as he did against Liverpool at the weekend.

And though Young is happy to play in any position, he feels experience of playing as a central striker for Aston Villa would allow him to do the job for the Red Devils.

“If the manager wants me to play there then yes, of course I would,” he told reporters.

“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.”

“He has said it to me before, but it is down to him. He has that headache of picking the team, so rather him than me.”

Young is in contention to start in the Netherlands after impressing as a substitute in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool and the England international hopes he can force his way into the starting XI in the coming weeks.

“It has [been a while]. Every player in the squad wants to be in the starting XI and I am not different,” he added.

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 per cent.

“I have always said that it is good to have competition for places and we have that in abundance in the squad.”

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