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"The boss has instilled a winning mentality into everyone here, it’s one of the main reasons why the club has been so successful. Hopefully I can play my part in continuing that success."

- Ashley Young

16/08/2011 10:36, Report by Adam Bostock
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Young gunning for glory

Summer signing Ashley Young impressed on his first league appearance for United, utilising his impressive pace and passing ability to create both goals for the Reds in the season-opening victory at West Brom.

ManUtd.com's Gemma Thompson caught up with him recently for his thoughts on joining the champions and the challenges ahead...

How have you enjoyed being a Manchester United player so far?
It’s been fantastic. As a kid you always want to play for the best teams in the world, and Manchester United is the biggest. So to find out they were interested in me felt great. It’s just an honour to be here, playing under the manager and alongside world-class players.

Tell us how the move came about and when you first heard of United’s interest?
I actually found out about it in January. At the time we were in a bit of a sticky situation at Villa and in a battle to stay up, so the clubs said they’d talk again in the summer and see where things were. There were other clubs interested but as soon as I heard about the interest from United I just wanted to get here and sign. I knew it was the right club. Everyone, not just the players but all the staff as well, made me feel very welcome from day one.

Did you speak to any of United’s England contingent before you joined?
Yeah, of course. When you’re away with England you always talk about life at your club and everything I heard about United was fantastic. The lads told me how much I’d enjoy playing here and what a great place it is, and I got that feeling as soon as I joined. I’ve enjoyed every minute so far.

Describe your first meeting with the boss…
It was a good meeting. I’m not normally someone who gets nervous, but I was this time! As soon as I met him, though, my nerves disappeared. He made me feel really welcome and we had a good conversation. He used the word “challenge” and challenging myself is something I’ve done throughout my career. I’m really looking forward to the challenges ahead.

How does the United set-up compare to those at your previous clubs?
I think that just everything about the place here is impressive. It’s just such a big organisation with so many staff but it’s such a great place to be at, and everyone is so friendly.

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