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Ashely Young: Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal reignited my love for football

Ashley Young celebrates
Image: Ashley Young: Winger has been rejuvenated under Louis van Gaal

Ashley Young has praised Louis van Gaal, stating the Manchester United coach reignited his love for football.

Young’s future was uncertain at the start of the season, but the 29-year-old has flourished under the coaching of Van Gaal.

Young was being touted for an England recall this summer, but injury ruled him out of being selected by Roy Hodgson. 

Speaking to the club’s website, he said: “Working with Louis van Gaal has been a great experience.

"From pre-season the manager came in and talked about his philosophy and what he wanted to get out of it, the little details in training and just bringing the club on in the way he saw it and how he wanted things to go, it’s been fantastic.

“The manager has called upon me whether it’s been left wing-back, left wing or left-back and I’ve gone out there and given 110 per cent as I always do and I’ve enjoyed the season.

“As I say, as a footballer you want to be playing regularly and I’ve been able to do that this season. I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve really enjoyed playing football again. I’ve kicked on and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

Young also believes that United’s fourth-place finish this season is a building block to better things next season.

He added: “We wanted to get ourselves back winning titles and trophies, but it wasn’t meant to be this season. If we can improve on the form we’ve shown this season and take that into next season, then definitely the titles and cups will be coming back.”

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