The World Cup is indeed coming home… for Manchester United fans anyway, with Paul Pogba bringing himself a winners medal back to Old Trafford.
After an extremely entertaining summer, preparation for the Red Devils’ domestic campaign is well underway. Before that, though, there is time for some richly deserved praise headed in Ashley Young’s direction.
He’s been named in the official World Cup Team of the Tournament in the left-back slot, after helping his country reach a semi-final for the first time in almost thirty years.
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) July 17, 2018
Although Youngy didn’t really set Russia alight, he was solid, reliable and hard-working. I think it’s fair to say there was no stand-out left-sided defender in the World Cup this time around, with United’s #18 probably the pick of the bunch.
His inclusion also backs up Jose Mourinho’s faith in the 33-year-old, and the fact that we’re yet to sign a left-back probably indicates that the self-proclaimed Special One still plans on heavily utilising the veteran over the next twelve months at the very least.
Luke Shaw will certainly have a tough task on his hands if he wants to displace his countryman, and it’s going to be intriguing to see how that battle pans out, particularly considering how hard the 22-year-old is working in pre-season.