We try our best to be positive. But sometimes as Ashley Young showed last night, there really is very little kind to say.
Young has been wearing thin on the patience of fans increasingly as the season has gone on.
His red card at Wolves a fortnight ago led to a 2-1 defeat.
His reward was to be handed a starting spot against Barcelona. At right-back. In 2019.
That Young is considered our first choice for the tie says everything about how United have stagnated over the past few years.
The only positive you could say about Young’s performance was that defensively it was not as horrific as it could have been. At the Nou Camp it could be even worse.
Where Young really let himself and his teammates down was going forward.
Time and time again attacks broke down when the ball spread out wide.
Young attempted 10 crosses, and not a single one was successful.
Ashley Young has attempted 10 crosses
— United In Focus (@UnitedInFocus) April 10, 2019
It was a woefully inadequate effort, especially considering there were two strikers to aim at, with Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford both starting.
United’s lack of a right winger was exposed too. It shouldn’t be all down to Young to cross from the right.
As if it wasn’t clear enough already, two signings are needed, a new right-back and a new right winger.
And for Young, despite his contract extension, it should really be time to say goodbye.