Tahith Chong will have wanted to start against LASK and for 72 minutes against the Austrians he will have been feeling a little frustrated.

When he was offered the chance to come on, he was hardly going to say no even if it was not in his preferred position. Chong came on at left-back, replacing Williams.

What we do not know, is whether this is a change of position United have been working on for the last few weeks, or as a response to the Luke Shaw injury, or simply if it was a last ditch option.

From what we saw, it was a very interesting experiment. Chong left fans wanting more.

Manchester United v LASK - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg
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Lively left-back

Last month we asked whether Chong had the skill set to switch positions to left-back, in the same way Bukayo Saka did for Arsenal.

We only had 20 minutes to watch Chong in the position, yet in his brief appearance he kept us intrigued.


He was keen to get forward, running with the ball and without it with pace as he looked to offer an outlet on the overlap.

When he did have a decision to make as he reached the edge of the box, he picked out a smart pass, and avoided the trap ball of passing it to an offside teammate. Those were the type of passes he was getting wrong earlier in the season.

Chong did enough with this performance to suggest another look is required in this position. His pace chasing back and positional sense showed well, although he did not have to cope with anybody running directly at him.

It is still unclear whether his future lies at United next season, or out on loan, but adding more strings to his bow can do him no harm, wherever he plays.

Fan reaction

Here is a look at how United fans reacted to Chong playing at left-back…

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