In praise of Ashley Young: Manchester United's best outfielder in the post-Ferguson era

Ashley Young Manchester United

If ever there were a footballing question with an easy answer, it's that of the best Manchester United player since Alex Ferguson retired. Only Ander Herrera, in 2016/17, has broken David de Gea’s dominance of the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award since 2013.

But for the best outfield player, potential candidates reveal a litany of lapsed form and flashes in the pan. Herrera, having been a key man in Jose Mourinho’s first season, was one of many to lose the faith of his manager and has only recently, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, again looked like the combative but intelligent midfielder he was bought to be.

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