- Manchester United prioritised the Europa League at the end of last season
- Ashley Young insists they will be challenging on all fronts this seasons
- The club have made a fine start domestically and in Europe
Manchester United’s utility man Ashley Young insists there will be no targeting of one specific competition this season as they have their sights set on winning everything they can.
Towards the end of the previous campaign manager Jose Mourinho, knowing his side were not going to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four place, put all his priorities into the Europa League.
It paid off handsomely with victory over Ajax in the final securing a return to Europe’s top table.
Manchester United’s Ashley Young insists they wont be targeting one specific competition
The club prioritised winning the Europa League towards the end of last season
Having also won the League Cup last season Young believes they have to realistically consider the prospect of challenging in all competitions, especially after the start they have got off to in the Premier League with 16 points from a possible 18 to be joint top with neighbours Manchester City.
‘Everyone wants to win every competition we are in,’ said Young, who played wing-back and captained the side in their 4-1 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow in Russia on Wednesday.
‘There’s not a competition that we are going to prioritise. We want to go at it on all fronts, whether that be in Europe or domestically.
‘We were delighted to win what we did last season but if we can add the Premier League, the League Cup again or the FA Cup, or Champions League then of course you play in these big competitions to go and win them. That is exactly what we are looking to do and I think we’ve got the squad to do it.’
Young may well be playing for his future as his contract expires in the summer but the former Aston Villa winger insists he is only focused on team goals during the final eight months of his deal.
Young (centre) insists they have their sights set on winning everything they can
He believes if he does that then the rewards will come.
‘I’m not here to talk about my contract,’ he added. ‘Of course it is exciting times here and I want to be part of the success.
‘As a footballer you want to win trophies and be part of a successful team and for me Manchester United is that club.
‘The most successful club in England and hopefully we can add to the trophies we won last season and hopefully win some more. I feel really good. Obviously getting the armband is a proud moment to captain Manchester United.
‘It is an honour for me. It shows the manager has trust in me and I’ve got to repay him and I think I’ve been doing that in the games I’ve played.’