Diogo Dalot must now step up after Ashley Young's departure

Ashley Young left Manchester United last month and already seems to be loving life away from Old Trafford.

Young gave an interview to TalkSport after his new Inter Milan side came from behind to win the Milan derby last weekend.

He seems thrilled with his new challenge but it’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job now to move the club on.

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What did he say?

Young said: “I came here to play football and win games, and when you come and win in the Milan derby in the way we did, it’s just an incredible feeling.

“I don’t think it gets any better than that. It’s not strange at all. I wanted a new challenge and I’ve got a new challenge and I’m loving every minute of my time out here.”

The time was right for Young to leave United; he wanted a new challenge before the end of his career and the Reds had to move on and introduce fresh blood to their ranks.

The club’s reliance on Young went on for far too long but Diogo Dalot’s return from injury should provide Solskjaer with the perfect chance to move the club on.

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Pressure on Dalot

Dalot was brought in by Jose Mourinho for £19 million – in an unusual show of faith in youth by the former Reds boss – but he has yet to show a run of consistent form for the club.

Injuries have seen to that and in the meantime, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has taken on the first choice right back berth.

Perhaps Dalot can take on Young’s mantle for versatility. He is capable of playing full back on either side and some of his better displays for United have been on the wing as well.

Over 18 months into Dalot’s spell at United and the fans haven’t been able to get a handle on how good he is.

Now he needs to put together a run of good form – staying fit – and allowing United to move on from Young, who Solskjaer was right to let go.

Whatever Young achieves at Inter will be nullified from a Red Devils’ perspective if Dalot establishes himself as a major player for United between now and May.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.