Villa Park winger set to make long awaited Old Trafford move.
New Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is resigned to losing Ashely Young to Manchester United.
The Reds have been successful with a bid of around £16m for the England winger, who should complete his move when he returns from a summer break.
“The guys are on holiday at the moment,” said McLeish, who is determined to hold on to Stewart Downing.
“When they are back in England I will try and get a meeting with them. I don’t know but it seems that Ashley is going to leave.
SOURCE: Manchester Evening News
So there you have it. Expect Ashley Young to return to Villa Park….to recover his belongings from his locker and make his long awaited move to Old Trafford. The England international has been linked with a move to Man United for some time now and after five seasons at Aston Villa it is time to step up to the upper echelons of English football.
Young will hope to make an immediate impact at Man United and will have to fight for his place in the starting eleven from the get go, something he never really had to do at Villa. Young missed just eight Premier League games in the past four seasons and may not have things all his own way at the Premier League champions, but that is the price you pay for coming out of your comfort zone.
Some sources state that Sir Alex Ferguson has been chasing the winger since his Watford days and having now finally landed the player he must try to accommodate him in a side that has a fair few wide options at present. On the left wing he has the likes of Nani and Ryan Giggs to challenge, albeit the Welsh veteran plays in a more centralised role now. There is also Gabriel Obertan on hand to offer as a back up option.
Young can also on occasion play on the right, but there the likes of Luis Antonio Valencia, Ji-Sung Park and again Nani who has been known to do a good job in that role.
Ashley Young is currently in the peak of his career, an England regular and a player who is far more consistent a performer now than at any point in his career. He will be keen to get going so that he can show that he is good enough to ply his trade at Man United and will be looking enthusiastically to his first taste of Champions League football.