Ashley Young Sets Sights on Win Over Arsenal


Young eyes victory

Ashley Young says victory over Arsenal at the weekend would be “massive” and would set the Reds up nicely for a testing few weeks at home and abroad.

Sir Alex’s men face four consecutive away games, in the league and Champions League, after Saturday’s Old Trafford meeting with the Gunners and, after picking up an important three points at league leaders Chelsea last Sunday, Young says United are determined to follow it with a positive result against another of their big rivals.

“Winning on Saturday would be massive,” the winger told ManUtd.com. “We want to stay in touching distance with the other teams at the top so we know Saturday is vitally important. We got the win last week against Chelsea and if we can kick on tomorrow and win again it sets us up for the next few weeks.

“When you think of Arsenal teams normally you think of them passing non-stop and pretty much passing their way to the goal. But I think they have got stronger physically this season and they look very motivated. We can’t concentrate too much on them though, it’s important we focus on ourselves and make sure we’re on top of our game.”

Last season’s corresponding fixture ended emphatically in United’s favour following an 8-2 win for the Reds, which also included Young’s first goals for the club.

“I have good memories of the game last season,” beamed the 27-year-old. “I obviously got the two goals, my first two United goals, which was special. We scored eight that day, but we know it’ll be a tough game on Saturday, and if we can just score one and get the three points then that will be the most important thing. We’re all looking forward to it.”

Young is delighted to be back in action after a frustrating two-month spell in the treatment room. The winger returned in last weekend’s win at Chelsea and he’s thoroughly enjoying being part of a side so fluent in attack.

“It’s brilliant to see us scoring so many goals. As a winger that’s what you want, you want that freedom to go and attack and destroy defences,” he added.

“When you’ve got players in the team like we’ve got with so many different options it’s amazing to see. I certainly wouldn’t want to be a defender when you see the different combinations we can have! It’s always nice when you have so many different options and when we attack we always look like we’re going to score.”

The man who has found the net more times than anyone else for the Reds this season, Robin van Persie, comes up against his former team on Saturday. And Young has nothing but praise for the contribution the Dutchman has made already this term.

“Robin is a world-class player – he’s in the team to score goals and that’s exactly what he’s doing,” says Young. “His all-round work-rate and his effort on the pitch are fantastic and he’s scoring goals. He’s someone who can link up with any of the players and he’s been brilliant since he arrived.”

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