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Ashley Young's Performance vs Barcelona Labelled The Worst In Champions League History

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.

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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.

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.

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You've got to admit, the numbers don't lie here.




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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Topics: Football News, Solskjaer, Football, Manchester United, Barcelona, Messi, Champions League, Ashley Young, Quarter Final

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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