Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sees Ashley Young as a pure winger.

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.

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