Ashley Young admits it’s long past time that he got on the score-sheet for Manchester United again, having gone 16 months without a goal.
Like Antonio Valencia, Young has been converted to a full-back in recent times, after joining United as a winger from Aston Villa in 2011.
The versatile 32-year-old has contributed 14 goals across all competitions for the Red Devils, but hasn’t found the back of the net since May 2016 in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
There have been eight different goalscorers for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, and Young is desperate to add his name to that list.
“I have thought it’s about time I get back on the score-sheet,” he told MUTV. “But as long as I’m performing and playing well that’s all that matters.
“There’s been eight different goalscorers so we’ve had goals from all over the team. I think that’s ideal, it’s what you need to take you forward and help you to win things.
“Goals from all round the park do help and [Antonio] Valencia’s [strike against Everton] will be right up there for the goal of the season, I think.”
The former Villa star, who turned down the opportunity to get more game time elsewhere during the last two transfer windows, feels he has adapted well to his new role in the team.
“At my age, you have to read the game more, and at full-back you have to read the game more, I think I’ve got a good footballing brain to be able to do that,” he added.
“I’m just happy to be out there playing and whenever I’m called upon I’ll give 100%.”