United sign Villa's Young

2011-06-23 15:40

Manchester - England winger Ashley Young became Manchester United's second major signing of the off-season on Thursday when he joined the Premier League champions on a five-year deal.

The 25-year-old Young is reported in the British media to have cost United £17 million, even though he had only 12 months left on his contract at Villa.

"It's a prospect I always looked at from being a child - to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world," he told United's in-house TV channel. "I've got that opportunity now so I've just got to take it with two hands."

United manager Alex Ferguson has already signed England under-21 defender Phil Jones from Blackburn this summer for a reported £16 million.

Capped 15 times by England and able to play on either wing as well as in a central position behind the strikers, Young will add further strength to United's attacking options.

He will compete with Portugal winger Nani, Ecuador international Antonio Valencia and former South Korea star Park Ji-Sung for a place in the first team as United looks to add to its record haul of 19 English league titles.

"It's a chance to hopefully become part of history by helping to win the 20th title," Young said.

The signing of Young was welcomed by United center back Rio Ferdinand, who described his England teammate in a Twitter post on Thursday as "another top, hungry (and) young player."

The move to Old Trafford represents a major step-up in the career of a player who wasn't a regular member of the England squad until last year. He failed to make his country's squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Young is an established performer in the Premier League, though, scoring 30 goals in 193 appearances in his four seasons with Villa. United said only Arsenal playmaker Cesc Fabregas has provided more assists than Young in the league over the last five seasons.

Ferguson is having to fill the gaps left in his squad following the retirement of veteran pair Paul Scholes and Edwin van der Sar at the end of last season.

The Scottish coach has already declared an interest in 20-year-old Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea as a replacement for Van der Sar.


  • Samurai Demo - 2011-06-23 19:30

    man city will wipe the floor in england and barca and madrid in europe. sorry united.

      Man U - 2011-06-24 08:25

      Balrog: Your stupidity is evident once again! How can Barca and Madrid wipe the floor in Europe? You should know that only one team can win the CL! Idiot! Stick to commenting on the "La Liga" pages! But then again, i don't think one even exists!

  • Bob - 2011-06-24 09:33

    Welcome to the manure bench, you not getting many games, at least he is young (no pun intended) his age should help lower the average age to about 35.

      JW87 - 2011-06-24 10:21


      TRUE Red - 2011-06-24 10:22

      Bob, say what you want, but the boy is awesome ! I've wanted him to be bought by us at LFC for years ! But hey, their gain is our loss, so hopefully we can still land Downing / N'Zogbia

      Albo - 2011-06-24 10:57

      At least he`ll win a cup!!!

      Harold - 2011-06-24 12:26

      ScumBob - They come to United, sit on the bench, pick up a winners medal or two and become legends or they can go to Liverpool, Spurs or Arsenal, play regularly and win sweet nothing. This has been happening for the last 5 or 6 years.

      Bob - 2011-06-24 14:34

      TRUE Red, yep I agree the lads a fair player, don't worry we will be landing someone of at least his equal, never forget what KK achieved in just a few months with a demoralised side wrecked with injuries to key players, having to rely on very second rate players like Paulsen, Konchesky and raw inexperienced youngsters, watch us go this season with a fit Gerrard and Carroll, plus exciting new signings, there is no limit to what we can achieve, nothing will surprise me, I'm not saying we will make it 19 in KKs 1st full season, but then again nothing will surprise me, happy days ahead.

      Bob - 2011-06-24 14:43

      Harold, you said it "has been happening for the last 5 or 6 years" them days are over, no more easy rides for the Manure, Barca gave you a football lesson, that proves how weak the EPL has been the last few years, when my Liverpool were the best in England no team could give them a lesson like Barca gave to your lot, geez we've beaten the Scum 4 of the last 6 games with half a side, imagine what we going to do now,

      A(N)ON - 2011-06-24 14:56

      Sheesh Bob u got some serious problems mate! If Barca gave us a footballing lesson - imagine what they would have done to the rest of the EPL - remember we finished 9 points ahead of our nearest rivals and 22 against your beloved (Cess)POOL. At this was from a United side many experts claim to be the worst in United's history!!! Well well well - with a few more signings like Young et al who knows how much weaker we will become. Perhaps K@K needs to don his boots together with Keegan et al so that the best of Cess Pool can make a serious challenge against whom many regarsds as the best of the Catalans!!!

      SpaceFrog - 2011-06-27 14:56

      "When my Liverpool were the best?" geez dude you sound like you own that club or something....and when they were the best was like a million years ago....maybe pool should get a lesson in consistency. So Liverpool try and walk into a night club and the bouncer stops them and says....sorry guys....over 18s only :)

      Bob - 2011-06-27 16:51

      SpaceFrog, yeh all Liverpool supporters are part of the club mate, thats why it's our team, and it wasn't so long ago we were top dogs, in the meantime we've had some success like say Champions League 2005 comes to mind FA Cup the year after, for Liverpool thats fairly mediocre success, very exciting season ahead with my team, Liverpool have that success aurora all around them again, just watch them go.

  • Chaminuka. - 2011-06-26 08:50

    Welcome to Man Utd where you rot on the bench while Giggs wins the medals for you!

      A(N)ON - 2011-06-27 08:33

      Huh? Giggsy is 37 (going on 38) Young is well young! Giggsy at best is a squad player - the competition for positions will be between Nani, Valencia and Young. Young and Nani are both versatile players so they will be able to fit in anywhere in the midfield with Young able to back up as a striker. Good buy and definately one who will be a regular in the next season

      SpaceFrog - 2011-06-27 14:59

      The point is....he will win medals and they will do it as i it Giggs or who 37 the guy is a legend

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