Ashley Young and Man Utd’s journeys since former captain stormed out of training

Manchester United sold Ashley Young for a nominal fee last January as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wielded the axe on the then-club captain.

Young was pushing for a move away with his contract running down, and had his heart set on moving to Inter Milan.

He eventually managed to successfully force through a move, with Inter paying £1.3million for his services.

But that was after he reportedly stormed out of training after a furious verbal exchange with Solskjaer.

The Sun claimed at the time that Young and Solskjaer sat down together to discuss his future, with the defender making no secret of his desire to leave.

Then, 24 hours later, he stormed off the training pitch during the middle of a session to go and work on his own in the gym at Carrington.

That incident led to Young being ousted from the squad for games against Norwich and Wolves, before being sold just days later.

After signing for Inter Milan, Young enjoyed immediate success, as Antonio Conte made him a key part of his side playing as a left wing-back – as he had done in the final stages of his time at United.

Ashley Young has settled in well at Inter Milan

Having only started to play as a left wing-back after the arrival of Aaron Wan-Bissaka ousted him from his slot in the side at right-back, he now looks comfortable on the left.

He’s made the position his own this season, he’s started 12 Serie A games on the left side of midfield, providing two assists and only missing two games due to testing positive for Covid-19.

At 35, he doesn’t have quite the same level of pace as he once did, but he seems to be thriving with the intensity over in Serie A.

Ashley Young forced through a move to Inter Milan last January

United are comfortable with their full-back options this season, and don’t seem to be missing him too much.

Wan-Bissaka remained ever-present on the right side of defence, with Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams their options on the left.

Young’s departure coincided with United’s improvement in form, as they managed to fight their way to a third-place finish last season.

They then strengthened their options in the summer, bringing in Alex Telles for £17m to provide competition for Shaw and allow Williams to fill in at right-back when required.

Ashley Young is Antonio Conte’s preferred choice on the left wing

The Brazil international made an immediate impact after joining and has already displaced Luke Shaw in the United side.

On the right, Wan-Bissaka has remained a key part of United’s play, and there are rumours they will look to strengthen their options with a potential move for Kieran Trippier at the end of the season.

United are currently mounting an unlikely title challenge, with Solskjaer finding his favoured formation of 4-2-3-1 with Telles and Marcus Rashford linking up on the left.

The Red Devils are sat in fourth place in the Premier League table – with a game in hand over the three teams above them.

Young is thriving in Italy and has adapted quickly to Conte’s style of play, implying he made the right decision by forcing through a move across the contintent.

Inter are in second spot in the Serie A table – a point behind unbeaten league leaders AC Milan – having only lost once from 14 games, with Achraf Hakimi playing on the opposite flank and giving Inter options on both flanks.

It would appear the move has worked out well for all parties involved, with United and Young both thriving since that debacle at Carrington in January.

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