Speaking in that shining example of liberal sentiment The Daily Mail, Jamie Redknapp took time out from flogging to Marks & Spencer underpants to share his thoughts on the prospect of Ashley Young coming to Old Trafford.
“Ashley Young looks better every time I see him. He has electric pace and dribbles with his head up; he looks a future Manchester United player to me, and an ideal replacement for Ryan Giggs.
“Aston Villa will have to cash in on the England winger in the summer rather than let him go on a free next season.”
While Young is undoubtedly a good player, I have my doubts as to whether he’s an ideal replacement for one of the greatest players in United’s history. For starters Young isn’t even a natural left winger, he’s more suited to the right although he can play on either side.
Young has no Champions League pedigree whatsoever which is obviously an important part of any United player’s season. I’m not saying that doesn’t make him good enough for Old Trafford but at the age of 25 it’s something I’d certainly have preferred him to have at least tasted by now.
Young’s record of six goals and seven assists this season is more than admirable and there’s no denying that he’s a useful player but I’m not so sure he’s quite Manchester United material. Whether the rumours are true and Young does end up coming to The Theatre of Dreams, remains to be seen, but even if he does the idea that he’s an “ideal replacement for Ryan Giggs” is quite frankly laughable.
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