Ashley Young: 5 players who reinvented themselves in a different position

After Ashley Young earns a one-year extension at Manchester United, RealSport look at five players who also thrived after a change of position.

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When Ashley Young arrived at Manchester United from Aston Villa in 2011 he was a winger, quick and direct, a menace for opposition defences.

Now, though, he is a left back. He is a competent one, too, so much so that he has been called up by Gareth Southgate for England’s imminent friendlies and is expected to continue in his new role internationally.

Young has adapted expertly to a more defensive position. His form has earned him a one-year contract extension at the age of 32, and he appears reinvigorated, a testament to Jose Mourinho’s decision to push him back into defence.

But Young is not the first to have been reinvented in a new role. Others have done so before him, some with great success.

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