Manchester United star Ashley Young has pinpointed his sides disappointing form over the Christmas period as the time when the Old Trafford clubs chances of challenging for the Premier League title slipped away.
The Red Devils drew three consecutive games against Leicester, Burnley and Southampton to hand Pep Guardiola’s Man City side an unassailable lead heading into the new year.
Young who joined United from Aston Villa in 2011 as a winger, but has recently reinvented himself as a full-back did however speak of a need for his side to continue building momentum heading into next season.
Despite Jose Mourinho coming in for some heavy criticism this season for his pragmatic playing style, United have been in decent form in recent months beating all the other members of the top six.
“We want to keep winning,”
“We want to keep up the momentum to the end of the season and the FA Cup final.”
“We have to put down a marker for next season with the way we perform from now on. It is building towards next season.”
“It has been one of those seasons when around Christmas we were drawing games, late goals against us and, when you look back at those kinds of games, then you think the season could have been different.”
“It wasn’t meant to be, but we have put down a marker against the top-four, top-six clubs but it is more than that.”
“We have to win at other clubs as well. We have to win more games than we have done. It has been one of those seasons.”
“If we can finish with the number of points we know we can, then it is a different season and that points total that would have won us the league, but it is not to be.”
“We have to keep the momentum now.”