Man Utd confidence sky high ahead of Southampton clash, says Stoke hero Young

Manchester United are brimming with confidence ahead of their top of the table clash with Southampton on Monday night according to winger Ashley Young.

The 29-year-old ensured Louis van Gaal’s men recorded a fourth straight league victory with a remarkable goal line clearance in the dying moments against Stoke.

And he believes the club are ready to push on as they enter the crucial festive period on their best run this calendar year.

“When you are winning games then confidence is always sky high,” Young told

“When you have been on a run of wins – both at home and away – then it is fantastic for confidence.

“Everybody is pulling in the right direction and feeling good and we will take that into the game against Southampton.”

United have won 21 of their 30 Premier League meetings with the Saints and boast an unbeaten run that stretches back to August 2003 against Ronald Koeman’s side.

However Southampton currently sit a place above the Red Devils in the final Champions League qualification spot and Young is preparing for a tough match at St.Mary’s.

“It is going to be a big game and there are definitely no easy games in the Premier League,” added the England international.

“Southampton have started the season very well and are third in the league, so we know it is going to be tough.

“But if we can go there and produce displays like we have shown, especially in the last four matches, then I’m sure we can get the three points.”

Van Gaal’s side will leapfrog Southampton and West Ham into third place if they can record a fifth straight league victory for the first time since March 2013.

However only six of the Red Devils’ 25 points have come away from home while Koeman’s team have lost just once at home this season.

Captain and top scorer Wayne Rooney is expected to start but record signing Angel Di Maria is still out with a hamstring injury.

And Young is expected to continue to deputise at left-back as Luke Shaw, signed for £30million from Southampton this summer, continues his recovery from an ankle problem.

Main image courtesy of Bwin via YouTube, with thanks.

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