Ferguson gives clues into winger battle at Man United

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he’ll start with Ashley Young as left-winger, and will consider him in a number of positions. Ferguson said:

“Ashley can play in more than one position. He can play wide right, left, even behind the striker, so we have options there. But, initially, we’ll start him as a wide left player.”

This suggests that Ferguson will continue his 4-4-2 system, with Rooney playing just off Hernandez up front, while Nani and Valencia will compete for their favoured right-wing position.

History suggests Ferguson trusts Valencia over Nani, so you could say Nani’s chances of a regular start look slim, despite his excellent performances last season.

Hernandez (concussion) and Valencia (ankle sprain) are both struggling to be fit for the start of the season, so Nani and Berbatov have a good chance of starting the season opener at West Brom.

It’s also worth noting that Park Ji Sung has scored 3 goals in pre-season so remains excellent backup to the likes of Nani, Young and Valencia.

Has this news convinced you to stick Young into your midfields, or are you still concerned of rotation?

United have a tricky set of opening fixtures but Young is certainly on my watchlist.

Young is valued at a pricey £10m in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), but 7 goals, 11 assists and 27 bonus points in a struggling Aston Villa team last season screams potential, and surely he stands a great chance of bettering that with the likes of Rooney and Hernandez around him.