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‘It was a fantastic opportunity’ – Young justifies Man United exit decision

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Ashley Young details how a conversation with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prompted him to make up mind for quitting Manchester United.

In a surprising turn of events, Ashley Young joined Inter Milan from Manchester United in the previous transfer window.

The arrival of Aaron Wan-Bissaka last summer saw Young fall down the pecking order at United. To make matters worse for him, Brandon Williams was promoted into the first-team.

He did feature in 10 of the first 21 Premier League matches, but it was due to Luke Shaw being on the sidelines.

In January, the winger-turned-defender put a full stop to his eight-year stint at Old Trafford and signed for Inter Milan on a one-year deal.

Speaking to UEFA’s official website, Young said he did not have to think twice when the Serie A side came calling for him as he had already been deemed surplus to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s requirements.

“I spoke to Ole and he said that I wasn’t going to play as much as I wanted to, and when you’re coming towards the end of your career you want to be playing as much as you can,” he said.

“Ole said that he was going to bring younger players through and that I wasn’t going to have as many opportunities. When the opportunity arose to come to Inter, it was a no-brainer for me. I was like, ‘get me on the plane, get me out there. Get me signed on the dotted line’.

“It was a fantastic opportunity; a club that’s massive worldwide, one of the biggest teams in world football.”