Ashley Young's Performance vs Barcelona Labelled The Worst In Champions League History
It was a night to forget for Ashley Young. Not only did he lose possession a total of 32 times throughout last night's Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona, but no player on the pitch lost possession more - and that's just the start of it.
Young was given the unenviable task of coming up against the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, and he struggled in all aspects of the game. From his defensive work to his influence in the final third, the experienced winger turned full-back was all over the place, at times.
The 33-year-old's inability to find a man from a simple cross was another frustrating part to his game on Wednesday night. He attempted a total of 11 crosses but failed to find his teammates on a single occasion. In fact, his passing accuracy of 73.3% was unsurprisingly the lowest on the pitch.
Ashley Young vs Barcelona last night was disgraceful:
Attempted 11 crosses and none of them found a United shirt
73.3% pass accuracy - lowest on team
0 dribbles completed
0 crosses completed
0 aerials duel won
Manchester United's captain. pic.twitter.com/v8ncDaHCbi
- Devils of United (@DevilsOfUnited) April 11, 2019
Young's decision making has been criticised for large parts of the season by supporters, but this performance in particular was the last straw for many, who took to social media during and after to match to vent their frustrations.
United really lacked a cutting edge in attacking areas. The fact that they failed to record a single shot on target says it all, really. Solskjaer's men had no end product against the might of Barcelona, who looked shaky at times when put under pressure.
You've got to admit, the numbers don't lie here.
Tonight, Ashley Young lost possession a total of 32 times and attempted 11 crosses with 0 meeting their target. No player on the pitch lost possession more or had a worse crossing rate than him. pic.twitter.com/hOrObBQ3J3
- UtdArena. (@utdarena) April 10, 2019
Was that Ashley Young performance the worst individual display of recent times?
Struggling to think of any that top it.
- JoshGI :flag_ye: (@JoshGI97) April 10, 2019
Scott McTominay has been absolute immense for Manchester United tonight.
Ashley Young has been the complete opposite. Worst performance we've seen in a Champions League quarter-final in a long time. #MUFCBarça #UCL
- Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) April 10, 2019
Ashley Young having one of the worst performances In the history of the champions league
- George Fenton (@_GeorgeFenton) April 10, 2019
Young has attempted a total of 13 crosses in his last two games for Manchester United, and none of them have been accurate.
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