Manchester United’s Ashley Young played the Manchester derby through illness, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Apparently, the 32-year-old was suffering from flu in the build-up to the integral fixture, and although he wasn’t 100%, Jose Mourinho was confident in Young’s durability – hence why the veteran started the game at left-back.
First of all, this tells me everything we needed to know about the manager’s faith in Luke Shaw. If Mourinho prefers an ill 32-year-old over a 22-year-old who’s been relatively fit recently, it certainly spells problems for the former Southampton man.
Anyway, back to Young for now, and it’s fair to say it wasn’t his finest outing in Red Devils colours. There were some huge mistakes in his game and on another day he could’ve given away two penalties. Thankfully, the 50/50 calls both went in our favour on this occasion.
With that said, you just have to love his spirit, dedication, drive and desire to put himself through the pain barrier for the cause. It’s why Mourinho loves him, and puts his faith in him. Players who are willing to put their body on the line for the cause are what a gaffer like him absolutely adores; the consummate professional.