Ashley Young warns rivals of Man United backlash after trophyless season
Manchester United must use their FA Cup final defeat as a motivation to come back stronger next season, says Ashley Young.
Jose Mourinho’s side ended the season as Premier League runners-up but without a trophy after losing 1-0 to Chelsea at Wembley, although defender Young reckons they should not feel too downcast.
“I think we have to come back stronger — stronger in the league, stronger in the FA Cup, stronger in the League Cup, stronger in the Champions League,” said Young.
“We want to be fighting on all fronts. We have the summer now to look forward to and then come back and prepare in pre-season.
“We wanted to win things, win titles, but it wasn’t meant to be. We finished second with the points we did and, in a different season, we would have won the league.
“But it wasn’t meant to be and today is a disappointing one. It will take a while to settle in and we now have the summer to prepare for next season.”
Young claimed United were the better team on the day, but admitted they did not create enough clear-cut chances to score the goal they needed to rescue the game.
“It’s disappointing, starting the game like we did and coming away with nothing,” Young told MUTV.
“You can see how the players reacted after the game, we didn’t feel like we should have lost.
“We didn’t have clear-cut chances, but on a different day there were chances we could have taken and we could have gone on and won the game.
“In the second half they were on the back foot, it was all us, but we couldn’t get the goal and we’re disappointed with that.
“There’s excitement there [for the World Cup], but right now I’m disappointed and it’s going to be hard to shake off.”
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