Ashley Simon Young has declared interest in playing for Manchester United against Southampton on Sunday as the team prepares for their upcoming EFL Cup final scheduled at Wembley.
The 31-year-old says his focus is now on Sunday’s game since their successful outing against French club side Saint-Etienne, adding that United has enough time to rest before this nervy encounter.
Jose Mourinho’s team secured a smooth passage into the Europa League’s Round of 16 by defeating Saint-Etienne 1-0 (4-0 on aggregate) at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Wednesday.
United were lucky to get an extra 24 hours of rest ahead of Sunday’s final game because Olympique Lyon, a local rival to Les Verts, were scheduled to play a home game against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday. In order to grant support to their local rivals, the match between Saint-Etienne and United was fortunately moved forward to Wednesday.
“We have an extra day to recover,” ManUtd.com quotes the player as saying in France.
“The amount of games we play takes its toll at a certain point but we have people who help us to recover. You know your own body, you know what to do to recover. We didn’t play on Thursday this week, we played on Wednesday, so we have an extra day to rest and as long as we recover properly then we will be ready for Sunday.”
Ashley was showered with praises for his outstanding performance in the game. Coach Mourinho also admitted that the substitute defender proved himself a worthy replacement as usual.
The former Watford and Aston Villa player says he’s hopeful that Mou will give him a third chance after featuring against Blackburn Rovers and Saint-Etienne.
“I am delighted,” he added. “I am a player who wants to play week in, week out. Everyone in the squad wants to play. Whenever called upon, I have got to go out there, give 110 per cent and play as well as I can.
“The manager said I was Man of the Match at Blackburn and it was nice to get a compliment.
“I am also just one of the players who want to get back on the training pitch, go again and look forward to the next game. It would be fantastic to play on Sunday at Wembley, but that is down to the manager to decide. As long as I’m ready then we will just have to wait and see.”
Ashley Young has so far earned 30 caps for England and scored 7 times. He arrived Manchester United in June 2011.