Young has been an instant hit at Old Trafford since his summer switch.
And Laursen says: “I look at how Ashley Young has gone straight into Manchester United full of confidence, and now plays for England.
“I think that is down to Martin O’Neill.
“He would always be telling both him and Gabby Agbonlahor: ‘Just take the player on, you will go past him, you are so much better’.
“As a player that’s the most important thing you can feel from your manager, that he likes you and believes in you."