Ashley Young has taken to social media to send an emotional message to Manchester United and their supporters following his move to Inter Milan.
The full-back joined Inter for a £1.28m fee on Friday, bringing an end to his nine-and-a-half year spell at United.
The former Watford and Aston Villa man made 261 appearances for United, and clearly still feels a great affinity towards the club regardless of the move to Italy.
Posting on his Twitter account, Young said: “To @ManUtd: you gave me the chance to play with legends, to win trophies, to work under the greatest manager in history and to be your captain. Thank you for letting me be part of your story for eight and a half years.”
He then added a second post with a picture of himself amongst United supporters, along with the caption: “To the United fans: every time I walked on the pitch wearing your shirt I gave you my all. Thank you for your support during the highs and lows. I leave as one of you, see you in the away end soon.”
Fans reacted with respect for their former captain, with one Twitter user saying “Thank you for everything Ashley, good luck in Italy captain”, while another added “A professional through and through. Wherever you were played in the team, you gave your all and never let the club or yourself down.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also praised Young following his departure, saying: “He’s been a good servant for the club. He’s been captain and he’s won trophies, leagues, cups, but we’ve got players coming through.
“So it was time now, then. When Ashley’s head and mindset was on ‘yeah, I want to try this’, why not do it now?”
After Young left Harry Maguire was immediately named United’s new captain.