Ashley Young: One of Man United's most underrated players, yet a Premier League icon
Ashley Young: One of Man United's most underrated players, yet a Premier League icon

Ashley Young: One of Man United's most underrated players, yet a Premier League icon

Ashley Young's time at Manchester United has come to an end after an eight-and-half year stint at Old Trafford. 

The former England international will now join former teammates in Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez at Inter Milan after United and Inter Milan agreed a £1.28 million fee on Thursday evening.

He leaves his head high despite angering a number of fans following his refusal to take to the pitch as he pushed for a transfer.

Young made 261 appearances for the Manchester club after joining from Aston Villa in 2011, and despite being one of the most underrated players, he delivered in countless occasions. 

He enjoyed a relatively successful career at the club, winning a Premier League title, a Europa League crown and other domestic honors including the FA Cup and the EFL Cup.

Ashley Young at Manchester United

  • 🏟️ 261 games  
  • ⚽ 19 goals  
  • 🎯 43 assists
  • 🏆 Premier League  
  • 🏆 Europa League  
  • 🏆FA Cup  
  • 🏆League Cup
  • 🏆🏆 Community Shield

His numbers in the Premier League are pretty impressive, as he is only behind James Milner and David Silva in the assists' charts for active Premier League players. 

Of his 69 Premier League assists, 25 came at Man United, with the remaining 44 spread across his time at Aston Villa and Watford.

What that means is, he has more assists than the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Mesut Ozil, and only 12 players are ahead of him on those standings.

🥽 All-time Premier League assist leaders

  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Ryan Giggs: 162
  • 🇪🇸 Cesc Fàbregas: 111
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Wayne Rooney: 103
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Frank Lampard: 102
  • 🇳🇱 Dennis Bergkamp: 94
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Steven Gerrard: 92
  • 🇪🇸 David Silva: 89*
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 James Milner: 84*
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 David Beckham: 80
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Teddy Sheringham: 76
  • Thierry Henry
  • Andrey Cole
  • Ashley Young

Most remembered moments

Double against Arsenal

Ashley young announced his arrival at the club with a sweet double against Arsenal in 2011 as the Gunners got an 8-2 battering at Old Trafford. 

Manchester City derby

Perhaps Young's best performance in a Manchester shirt came against rivals City, where he grabbed a goal and two assists in a man-of-the-match performance with United winning 4-2. 

🐦The bird incident

Well, this will never be forgotten by most of the club's fans. In a home match against Swansea in 2014, the Englishman was seen barking orders to his teammates, before a bird supposedly defecated in his mouth, even though he later said the poo did not land in his mouth.

Young was known for his versatility. He came to United playing as a left-winger but was played in eight different positions during his time at the club.

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