Ashley Young has signed on a five-year long contract with Manchester United to become the second signing for the defending EPL champions. After the Manchester United acquired the services of Phil Jones, English soccer player Young is a 25-year old who used to play for Aston Villa till the previous season.
Young had begun his football career in 2003 when he started out for Watford and was with them till 2007. Aston Villa offered Young £9.75 million pounds and Young was transferred in 2008. He made his debut for Aston Villa against Newcastle United, but he scored his first goal in that game. Unfortunately for him, his side went down in that match.
In his previous season, the last for Aston Villa, Young scored nine goals, but more importantly, had 14 assists in the 39 games that he played for across all the competitions. As a result, Aston Villa ended in the top half of the points table.
Manchester United striker Michael Owen has said he was happy to welcome Ashley Young into the club’s line-up. He added that he was looking forward to playing with Young on his side in the 2011-12 EPL season.
Young had earlier passed his medical test with Manchester United.
Speaking to the media, Owen said, “I see Ashley Young has undergone a medical today. Let’s hope everything goes well as he would be a great signing for us. [He is a] very good player. [He] can play in a few different positions [and is a] brilliant crosser of the ball. Let’s hope all goes well and he signs.”
It wasn’t only Manchester United who showed interest in Ashley Young though. Even Liverpool had said that they would need to have talks with him, but it looks like Young chose Manchester United over Liverpool.
It has been rumoured that Manchester United has to spend £15 million for Young.