'There are so many leaders in this team' - Ashley Young hits back at Roy Keane's Man United criticism
Ashley Young has launched a stout defence of the spirit inside the Manchester United dressing room, after a week of stinging criticism for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players.
Former United skipper Roy Keane led the criticism of United as their 2-0 defeat against Manchester City on Wednesday came after a disastrous 4-0 defeat at Everton last Sunday.
Despite those setbacks, United remain in the hunt for a top four finish in the Premier League, with Young offering up these comments to Sky Sports ahead of Sunday's crunch clash against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
"We speak home truths, you've got to when things aren't going well," said Young. "You can only imagine what's been said in that dressing room but that stays with us.
"I know what the strength is, the characters in the dressing room, the spirit in the team we've got here. I know everybody wants to win those games and finish the season in the top four.
"There's going to be a lot of people turn round and say they know the club but when you're in it day in, day out, they're the ones that really do.
"Everybody is entitled to their opinions but there are so many leaders in this team. I've got the armband, I'm just one of the leaders.
"There's a lot been said about Manchester United and a lot of people like it when things are not going so well. Us as players we're disappointed with how things have gone."
Young also offered up support for Man United goalkeeper David de Gea, who has suffered an alarming slump in form amid increased speculation over the Spaniard's long-term future at the club.
"David is a world-class player. He's probably the best in the world for me," he stressed. "When he lets a few goals in people are going to criticise him, but for me it starts at the front, the midfield, defenders - if the ball doesn't get that far back the other team doesn't have a chance to score.
"It's not just him that should be criticised, it's the whole team. He's a confident person who will be ready for the challenge on Sunday."