Jose Mourinho has credited Ashley Young with providing another attacking dimension for Manchester United.
Young did not make an appearance in United’s first four games of the Premier League season, mainly due to his recovery from a muscle injury.
But the 32-year-old has returned to the starting line-up for their last two league games, as well as the Champions League fixture against Basel.
He was in fine form again at left-back as United held on to beat Southampton 1-0, maintaining their excellent start to the season.
Mourinho was full of praise for the erstwhile England international after the game.
“If you can have two [attacking] full-backs on both sides, not just Valencia on the right, if you can have another one on the left it’s positive for us on many occasions,” he said.
Mourinho added, of using a more defensive approach to earn all three points: “What pleased me was the pragmatism, at half-time we talked and we wanted to kill the game, and we had chances to kill the game.
“We wanted to be in control but sometimes you can’t, sometimes we are not able, sometimes we have to give credit to the opponent. It was not our decision, it was the way the game went.
“And then there was a moment we feel that we are in difficulties, so it’s better to make it solid. In a league that is becoming so defensive, so defensive, it was the first time that we played 20 minutes with a more defensive approach. Without this period we take a point not three.”