Top four failure not good enough – Young

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Ashley Young of Manchester United reacts after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on April 28, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester United captain Ashley Young has admitted missing out on Champions League qualification is not good enough after their stalemate with relegated Huddersfield.

The Red Devils are one of the most-decorated British football teams of all time – a club renowned for winning silverware and creating records.

But all that seems to be changing as the tiny hopes of sealing Champions League football fizzled out to a team that was relegated five weeks earlier. Scott McTominay’s early goal was cancelled out by Isaac Mbenza to secure a 1-1 draw for the hosts.

Speaking after the game, Ashley Young disclosed it was embarrassing for United not to salvage three-points in the game and take the top-four battle to the last day.

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“Disappointment,” the full-back said via the Guardian. “I’ve said for years that our club should be talking about winning titles and winning trophies.

We’ve done that in numerous years and when you’re talking about a club of our size and we’re talking about making the top four, I think that’s just a disappointment in itself.

“We haven’t managed to get ourselves in the top four. We needed other teams to help us out and we needed to help ourselves and we haven’t done that. I think we need to go away, look at ourselves in the summer, come back fighting fit and ready to win titles and to win trophies.”

Juan Mata wrote in his blog to fans on Monday morning that “you deserve better, no more words needed” and captain Young underlined the team’s embarrassment after the game.

United will wrap up their League campaign with a home game against Cardiff City on Sunday.

 

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