Young details frank discussion with Solskjaer that led to Man Utd exit

Ashley Young has opened up on his Manchester United exit and his new challenge with Inter Milan.

Young could face his former club in next Friday's Europa League final, if United overcome Sevilla and Inter beat Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 35-year-old defender spent nine years at United and revealed he decided to leave in January after a frank conversation with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“Obviously being in England all my life, it was a totally different change, but it was an experience that I jumped at,” said Young.

“It was an opportunity for me to go and play regularly. I spoke to Ole and he said that I wasn’t going to play as much as I wanted to.

“When you’re coming towards the end of your career, you want to be playing as much as you can. I’m as fit as anyone, and I feel like I’ve still got a lot to give.

“Ole said that he was going to bring younger players through and that I wasn’t going to have as many opportunities.

“When the opportunity arose to come to Inter, it was a no-brainer for me. I was like ‘get me on the plane, get me out there, get me signed on the dotted line’.

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“I was just speaking to the manager and players that were here that I knew as well. It was a fantastic opportunity; a club that’s massive worldwide, one of the biggest teams in world football.

"I wanted to be part of what the manager had spoken to me about, and obviously speaking to club officials higher up as well, the owners; it was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss.”

“I don’t think it’s been challenging. I’m one of those people that can adapt to new styles, different ways of life and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Now I’m playing with a smile on my face.”

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