Ashley Young reveals Solskjaer’s message that convinced him to leave Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku passes the Scudetto trophy to team mate Ashley Young of Internazionale
Romelu Lukaku passes the Scudetto trophy to team mate Ashley Young of Internazionale - IMAGO / Sportimage

Former Manchester United star Ashley Young is set to return to Old Trafford today when Aston Villa take on the Red Devils.

The Aston Villa winger can operate as a full-back as well and he was a key player for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils had signed him after a breakthrough campaign with Aston Villa and young has now returned to his boyhood club.

The defensive winger spent eight-and-a-half years at Old Trafford before moving to Inter Milan due to the lack of first-team action.

The player has now revealed his frank discussion with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before his departure and he revealed that the Manchester United manager refused to offer him assurances regarding game time.

Apparently, Solskjaer was keen on promoting young players and he informed Young that he would have to accept a reduced role in the side if he stayed at Old Trafford.

The former England international was desperate to play more often and he decided to move to Italy with Inter Milan.

Young enjoyed great success in the Italian league and he managed to win the Scudetto with Antonio Conte’s side.

The player is now back in the Premier League and he will be hoping to prove his quality against his former side this weekend.

“Obviously being in England all my life, it was a totally different change, but it was an experience that I jumped at,” said Young via Mirror.

“It was an opportunity for me to go and play regularly. I spoke to Ole and he said that I wasn’t going to play as much as I wanted to.

“When you’re coming towards the end of your career, you want to be playing as much as you can. I’m as fit as anyone, and I feel like I’ve still got a lot to give.

“Ole said that he was going to bring younger players through and that I wasn’t going to have as many opportunities.”