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Ashley Young joined United from Aston Villa in 2011 and he has since transformed himself from an exciting winger into a formidable full-back, proving himself to be one of the most versatile options in the squad.

The Stevenage-born star came through the ranks at Watford and narrowly avoided being released as a youngster before becoming an integral part of their first team. His performances for the Hornets eventually earned him a move to then high-flying Villa in 2007, where he went from strength to strength. During his time at Villa Park he won the 2009 PFA Young Player of the Year award, and was even described as “world-class” by manager Martin O’Neill. Assuming a more central role in his final season with the Villans, Young racked up goals and assists, which earned him his Old Trafford move. He quickly endeared himself to the Stretford End faithful with a sensational display in the 8-2 demolition of Arsenal, in which he scored two fine goals to open his Reds account. However, after an impressive debut season, Young was struck down by injury for much of the 2012/13 campaign, although he did manage to pick up his first league winner's medal. Renowned for his expert crossing ability, the former England international has since claimed an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Europa League trophy during his time with United. Young did not disappoint when called upon by Jose Mourinho in 2016/17, and his pace and cool head in high-pressure situations gained him many plaudits, along with the captain’s armband on several occasions. His influence has again been apparent in 2017/18, and the no.18 enjoyed a memorable evening on his return to Watford’s Vicarage Road in November 2017, scoring two spectacular goals in our 4-2 win. Nowadays, he is one of the most senior members of the first-team squad, owing to his vast experience, and he remains one of the most popular figures in the dressing room, as well as embracing his role as someone who the new boys can look to for advice.

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  • Position

    Defender

  • Country

    England

  • Date of birth

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  • United debut

    v Man City (N)

All I have ever wanted to do is play football and doing that at the biggest club in the world means everything.

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Ashley Young and Anthony Martial.
Ashley Young says

"I've said that Anthony is a world-class player. If he keeps producing those performances week in week out, he'll definitely be back in the France squad. For us he's been terrific and hopefully it continues."

Ashley Young.

'I've still got that fight, desire & hunger' Article

Ashley Young feels as young as any 20-year-old and remains adamant United will return to winning ways.

Ashley Young says

"As long as we start well and we show the signs that we showed in midweek, and build on that, then I’ve got every faith that we will go and get three points."

Ashley Young says

“I have more knowledge than the youngsters in the squad, but when you go out on that pitch there are 11 captains out there. Everyone’s got a voice, everybody wants to talk, to win."

Ashley Young.
Ashley Young says

"I’m sat here at 33 feeling as young as any 20-year-old now and I’ve still got that fight, desire and hunger to go out and win things, and I don’t think that’ll ever leave me."

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