Manchester United have joined the race to sign England international Ashley Young from Aston Villa. He has been linked with both Tottenham and Liverpool of late and with just 18-months left on the wingers contract, Villa may have to cash-in.
Since Young’s £9.5M move from Watford in 2007 he has achieved countless individual awards including three player of the month gongs as well as the PFA young player of the year in 2009. With Antonio Valencia being a long-term absentee, United are looking for an natural winger to provide the crosses for Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and their newest sensation Javier Hernandez.
The chance to play Champions League football will also appeal to him and working alongside Sir Alex of course but does his loyalties still lie with Aston Villa? He is a fans’ favourite there no doubt about it and he seems to be revelling in his new role since Gerard Houllier took charge. They have a lot of good youngsters coming through which has allowed him to play more central which does his England chances no harm at all.
This could also suit the Red Devils as they may opt to play two holding midfielders in the form of Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher so Young could act as a second striker for United too. With goals hard to come by this season he could be a key player in bringing back the Premier League crown to Old Trafford.
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