Ashley Young believes insists he still best serves Manchester United when he is used as an out-and-out winger. With United losing two full-back options in Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw to injury this season, Young has found himself deployed at both right-back and left-back.

While the former Aston Villa star had proven to be useful cover in defence, his ability going forward was on show as United clinched their first win since November with a 2-1 victory over Swansea City on 2 January.

Young provided the cross that led to Anthony Martial's opener and was a constant threat down the right flank, providing 10 crosses during his 75 minutes on the pitch.

And the wideman hopes manager Louis van Gaal will continue to hand him a role where he feels he is at his most dangerous.

"Of course I enjoyed myself. I am an out-and-out winger," he told MUTV. "I have played at full-back in the last few weeks but when you are a winger you get to go forward and I enjoyed that. There was obviously the defensive side of things to do so I had to be aware of that."

Van Gaal has stated on a number of occasions he is looking to bring another wide option to the club during the January transfer window. Given Memphis Depay's initial struggles in the Premier League, Young represents the club's only orthodox wide option.

"I need more balance in my selection," Van Gaal said in November. "We want a fast winger. We need to be where I want us to be."

United have been linked with a string of wingers over the last six months, the most notable being Southampton's Sadio Mane. The Daily Mail reports however that the 24-year-old will remain on the south coast this season, having been told the club will not consider his sale until the summer at the earliest.

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