Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United's Ashley Young will return focused

Ashley Young: Sir Alex Ferguson says he will return with renewed vigour

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Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Manchester United winger Ashley Young to return from injury a more focused player.

The England international has been on the sidelines for the past two months with a knee injury he picked up in their 3-2 win over Fulham on 25 August.

Young is on the mend though and Ferguson believes he will be chomping at the bit to be involved for the rest of the campaign.

"The opportunities are there for him. Ashley has the opportunity to win things here. I don't think that's lost on him," said the Scotsman.

"I'm sure during the time he's been out he's been thinking about that. That's what players do when they've been out, they start thinking about what should have been and what can be for them.

"That will hopefully surface as the season goes on."

Ferguson has changed to a diamond formation in Young's absence which has largely paid dividends but he insists the 27-year-old remains firmly in his plans.

"It's always the same when a player gets injured. He's not there so they can be out of people's minds, but he has shown his qualities," added Ferguson.

"Very few players can cross the ball as well as he can and his goalscoring ratio is very good for us.

"He got eight goals for us last season. You can't underestimate that, or forget it."