The Sunday Mirror says Ryan Giggs, now 37, has patrolled the left flank at United for the bulk of his 21-year career exploiting his unique mix of pace and skill. But in recent years he has been utilised in a more central position in midfield.
Young, who began his career as a winger, can play on either flank, but most recently at Villa Park had been deployed behind the striker.
There had been talk that Ferguson could use Young as a back-up striker, but the United boss has now outlined his position to him.
Young will be the latest in a line of candidates – including Zoran Tosic and Kieran Richardson - brought in to fill the shoes of the veteran Giggs.