Manchester United star Ashley Young shrugged of Louis van Gaal's unfavourable comparison to Barcelona forward Neymar during the club's pre-season tour of the United States. The winger has admitted that he was not bothered by the Dutch manager's comments ahead of the Red Devils' trip to Germany to face Wolfsburg in the Champions League.
The former Bayern Munich manager was speaking about the need of signing players with speed and creativity to make United genuine title contenders, and made a reference to the former Aston Villa star, admitting that he cannot provide the ultimate quality the Brazilian offers. "You can expect things from Ashley Young. He had a fantastic season. But he is not a Neymar," Van Gaal said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
However, the 30-year-old attacker, who has been used in a number of positions by the manager, has ignored Van Gaal's comments and is confident that the Red Devils boss understands his capabilities and the value he brings to the team. "I wasn't bothered. The manager knows what I am capable of and that is why he has used me in games. I am always looking to attack in the position I am. I am one of those players who is creative on the ball and wants to attack," Young said, as quoted by ESPN FC. "When you are called upon as a winger you want to create chances and get shots off and hopefully I am doing that."
The United attacker, who had a brilliant first season under Van Gaal, has struggled to get a start this season, and only managed one due to injuries suffered by other players. But Young has welcomed the competition and believes that he has the ability to fight for a place in the team.
"I am glad I am not the manager who has to pick the team. He has that headache. Every player is in there to do a job. Obviously players come in and there is competition. The manager wants competition and he wants to rotate."
"I have had that competition throughout my career. We have fantastic players here. Everybody wants to play but we all have to keep each other on their toes. I will look to give 100 percent when I am called upon," the England international added.