Ashley Young not worried by Van Gaal's Neymar comparison

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Young happy to accept he will never be Naymar
Young happy to accept he will never be Naymar

When Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal used Ashley Young as an example of the lack of quality in his dressing room last summer, many believed it was the beginning of the end of his Old Trafford career.

Van Gaal and United were still trying to sign some of the world's top talent when he muttered the comment: "You can expect things from Ashley Young. He had a fantastic season. But he is not a Neymar."

Little did we know at the time that United were launching an audacious and many would argue pointless bid to sign Barcelona star Neymar, yet Young has offered his first comments on the remarks and insisted it did not affect his confidence. 

"I wasn't bothered," said the 30-year, who highlighted as much by signing a new contract in August.

"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.

"When you are called upon as a winger you want to create chances and get shots off and hopefully I am doing that.

"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 per cent when I am called upon."

United head into this week's Champions League tie against Wolfsburg with confidence running high after going top of the Premier League.

However, after an opening-game defeat to PSV Eindhoven on their return to Europe, Young knows they have to maintain their domestic momentum by getting points on the board at Old Trafford against the German side.

"We just have to keep playing with confidence. We have been winning games and we need to keep the run going," he added.

"It is important to get a win against Wolfsburg. If you want to win the Champions League then you have to win your home games.

"It was a disappointing start to the European campaign especially the possession and chances we had in Eindhoven that really was disappointing. We have to start winning in the group now.

"We have been in it for so many years and we have so many who have played Champions League football over those years so we were disappointed not to be in it (last season).

"There is pressure on all the players in the squad not just the experienced ones. It is how you deal with it."