Manchester United: 3 dream replacements for Ashley Young next season
- A look at 3 dream replacements for Manchester United's Ashley Young next season
Old but gold would be the perfect word to describe Ashley Young this season. The English defender has been one of Manchester United's better players despite the club's tumultuous season. He has consistently delivered excellent performances which helped his club a lot in both attack and defense despite his recent red card woes.
He has started in nearly all of Manchester United's matches and has contributed an average of 1.6 tackles plus 1.9 interceptions per game. His offensive stats have also been equally excellent as he has involved in 4 goals in the Premier League throughout the season.
He had transitioned well from winger to the left back in the past and, he has recently changed his position again to a right back where he also has slotted seamlessly. Unfortunately, United could not heavily rely upon him shortly due to his age.
A hard-working warrior who always delivers his manager's demands without question, he would surely be difficult to replace. However, next summer transfer window would be the perfect chance for Manchester United to search for the 33-year-old's replacement as Diogo Dalot is not expected to start every game.
Therefore, let's take a look at 3 potential heirs for the Englishman.
#3 Davide Calabria
Manchester United have reportedly monitored the AC Milan defender as possible suitors for the club's right back position. Rumors claim that Calabria is intended to replace under-fire Antonio Valencia but the Italian would also serve as Young's heir due to the Englishman's status as United's current undisputable right back.
The Italian defender has been one of Milan's best defender this season despite his recent tumultuous display. His goal involvements are slightly fewer than Young's but his passing and defensive stats are ahead of the Englishman. Even under Solskjaer, Manchester United are still being perceived by many as a defensive-minded team.
Hence, Calabria would suit United much better than Young at right-back. He has recorded a massive 3.1 tackles on average which would be a huge help for United's weak defense. His prime years are still miles ahead as he is only 22 and would be an excellent investment for the Red Devils.