Jose Mourinho has challenged Ashley Young to cut short his holiday and make Manchester United’s problematic right-back berth his own.
Mourinho confirmed he is ready to let Matteo Darmian leave Old Trafford after the Italian captained the side in the International Champions Cup clash with his former club AC Milan in Carson City.
Alexis Sanchez’s 12th-minute strike was quickly cancelled out by Suso before United prevailed 9-8 in a penalty shoot-out.
Young is one of a host of United stars still absent after World Cup duty, but could seize his chance with Antonio Valencia and Diogo Dalot both ruled out for the start of the new Premier League campaign.
Young though, who is away on holiday after playing 462 minutes in five matches at the World Cup with England, now has a big decision to make.
Mourinho told a press conference: “Ashley Young is a possibility to play at right-back. He is on holiday and I don’t know if he fancies being back before that to put himself available for the team – or if he prefers to stay on holiday.”
Mourinho confirmed he will allow Darmian to leave the club providing they receive a suitable offer, but reserved praise for the 28-year-old.
Mourinho added: “Darmian is a fantastic guy and a tremendous pro. He’s the kind of guy who is always ready to give what he has, and for him to play against his childhood club and be captain has a nice meaning.
“But he wants to leave and I think when a player wants to leave if the right offer arrives you have to be human and let the player follow his instincts, but not at any price.
“Until now the offers we have got for Matteo are not even close to being accepted.”