Pundit View: Sutton slams Young as United’s “worst ever” captain

Manchester United would have been on their worst run of form in 27 years had they lost to West Ham, and Chris Sutton has some very harsh words for one of the men who has been woeful during this difficult run.

The Red Devils had lost four of their last five games in all competitions before the clash with West Ham, and Wednesday’s game against Barcelona saw one of the worst individual performances of the season from Ashley Young.

The versatile ace has been deployed on both flanks in midfield and in defence since moving to Old Trafford, and he had a nightmare at right-wing-back against the Catalan giants.

Completing just 73 per cent of his passes, he lost possession more than any other player on the pitch and completed zero out of 11 crosses, per Whoscored.

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What’s the word?

Sutton, who was known for his physicality as a target man in his playing days and now works mostly as a pundit for BT Sport, crucified the 33 year-old on Saturday morning.

Speaking on BT Sport, he said: “Let’s get it right, he’s the worst ever United captain and the worst ever United right back.”

Fans were quick to agree with the Celtic legend, with one saying Young has never been good enough and another demanding a summer sale.


To be brutally honest, it’s hard to disagree with the sentiment of Sutton’s message. While Young may not literally be the worst player to ever pull on the red shirt and play right back, he is nowhere near the required standard.

The ex-winger has very poor defensive positioning and awareness and his wastefulness on the ball would make him a liability in a League Two side at the moment, never mind the biggest club in England.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced criticism in recent weeks for the first time since taking the job at Old Trafford, and the boss now must have the guts to axe one of his senior players. Quite simply, Young is just not good enough anymore and he is running out of time to prove otherwise.