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English winger Ashley Young signs for Manchester United in a £20 Million move from Aston Villa…

Premier League Champions Manchester United have today announced the highly-anticipated signature of talented Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, on a 5-year deal. The 25-year-old England International has agreed personal terms with The Red Devils, and having underwent a successful medical, Young has put pen-to-paper on a long-term, £130,000 weekly wage package. The sale of the 5ft 9in playmaker is worth £20 Million to Aston Villa.

The Red Devils are continuing in their home-grown restructuring process this off-season, with Young following 19-year-old Blackburn Rovers’ English defender Philip Jones, who last week signed for the UEFA Champions League finalists for £20 Million. Young’s transfer brings to £40 Million the amount spent on new names this summer at Old Trafford, with Sir Alex Ferguson making United the Premier League’s current biggest-spending club. 
Ash Young completes medical
Atletico Madrid’s Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, 20, is also expected to sign in a £20 Million move this July. Meanwhile, a midfielder is set to switch to The Reds before the transfer window shuts. Young completed his medical midweek, having agreed personal terms. He had 12 months left on his previous contract. Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen were quick to praise the world’s most popular club in their swoop for Aston Villa’s biggest asset. 
“The opportunity to come and play for one of the biggest clubs in the world is one I couldn’t turn down,” Young told MUTV. The flanker – whose play has led to 95 goals (scored and assisted) over 190 games since his £10 Million arrival in 2007 from Watford – added: “It’s a chance to hopefully become part of the history by helping to win the 20th title. It’s a prospect I always looked at from being a child: To play for one of the biggest clubs in the world !”

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Thu, 23 Jun 2011 3:56:14 pm

De gea signing aside (which ill be delighted when all ties up).As alot of people have stated our main problem is in the center of midfield!!! Playing a euro cup final with the terrible carrick and da 38yr old (albeit one of our best ever) isnt going to cut it. We have improved our central defense and wing! prob our strongest positions. I like so many others wish fro a sneider ozil etc but this is prob not da route to take. First thing needed is an enforcer defensive midfielder. with hargraves gone we have none. mvilla is my preference. Only other thing here is i am taking it at the moment that jones has been signed as a defender and not our long term solution to central midfield enforcer. once we have signed a defensive mid then a creative goalscoring threat is required. secretly hopin young has been signed to replace berba upfront whose been packaged off to bayern for schweinzegger. fergie is going young with players. have a look at this article – http://bleacherreport.com/articles/742458-manchester-united-yann-mvila-and-five-other-young-centre-mid-transfer-options


Sean 123 Mufc

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 4:07:43 pm

great signing ;now lets get Sneijder



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 4:15:43 pm

I thought our 38 year old retired.



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 4:25:33 pm

good article too – Ask any Manchester United fan which area of the squad needs most strengthening and you’ll find most respond quite emphatically with “midfield.” I feel inclined to agree with this. Our decent defence and potent attack has, at times, masked the frailties of the United midfield in the season just gone. Take a look at this position, player for player, and you could argue it was still a pretty strong one, but put them together in a four way regime and there appears a few cracks.

I, for one, am a fan of both Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher. But I do agree with many fans that they aren’t the most effective defensive holding midfield players that we have enjoyed over the years. They are certainly no Bryan Robson, Roy Keane or even, dare I say it, Owen Hargreaves. At a time when many of the world’s best sides can boast a world class defensive central player (think Busquets, Essien, De Jong or Xabi Alonso), United do lack in that department – and this is perhaps one of their downfalls came against Barcelona. This, of course, is not to say that had United fielded a player in this category the outcome of last weekend’s Champions League final would have been any different, but a player whose job is purely to sedate the likes of Xavi and Iniesta could have helped the United cause.

The question is, who is out there for United to sign? And herein lies the problem. None of the aforementioned players would be interested in a move to United. A Gattuso type player from three or four seasons ago would be ideal, or even a Van Bommel – if he wasn’t 34. There is only one player currently plying his trade in European football who I would suggest. Daniele de Rossi. The Roma vice captain, at just 27 years old, would be an ideal signing, especially considering his long term future with the only club he has ever played for has come under speculation in recent months. The Italian international has every trait needed to execute the role of a defensive player at Old Trafford and with European experience de Rossi would be an ideal acquisition. But is this the position we need filling at United? Which leads me nicely onto my next point…

Sneijder, Modric, Ashley Young. Three names heavily linked with United over the last couple of months, the latter being my least preferred of the three, but all potential replacements for the recently retired Paul Scholes. One of my major criticisms of United’s midfield over the last season was the desperate need for a creative attacking player. On many occasions, most profoundly in the opening half of the season, we looked lost when attacking our opponent’s goal. United, quite simply, craved that attacking impetus that we’ve not truly enjoyed since Cristiano Ronaldo left. I believe we will sign one of these three players, although whilst the positions of either Sneijder or Modric would be well assumed, I’m at a loss as to where exactly Young would, or could, fit into United’s starting XI. Formally a winger (a position which I don’t feel we really need improving) he now assists the Aston Villa attack playing just behind their forward, much in the way that Wayne Rooney has in recent months for United. I don’t feel Young is better than either Valencia or Nani on a wing and certainly wouldn’t come close to keeping Rooney out of the side, so this would be a highly questionable signing should it go through – which many suggest it will.

Much of the discussion put forth here relates directly to exactly how much United have to spend. Some believe it’s in the region of £100m, some indicate it is far lower than this. Sir Alex Ferguson has already admitted he has his eye on three players – I’d bet my house on goalkeeper David de Gea being one of them, leaving just two players remaining. Is it likely that both are midfielders? We all know how it sometimes takes time for a new signing to fully embed themselves into the heart of the team, could Fergie risk bringing in two new faces to his midfield? I’m not convinced.

This in turn generates the discussion of which position is required more, a defensive midfielder or an attacking one? Certainly the signing of a Sneijder or a Modric would be more exciting for fans – remember it’s this big named intent we have been dying for ever since our owners took over the club. But with the likes of Anderson waiting in the wings to fully shine at United, would Sir Alex, or the Glazers, want to be forking out £30m plus for a new signing? I make the point of Anderson as it was an issue I discussed earlier in the week, after all, he was initially signed as a long term replacement to Scholes.

With an effective defensive midfield player you bring the heart to a side, a player who can not only assist the back four but also move the ball forward to attacking contingent. There’s no doubt t



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 5:21:59 pm

Nicely written sizmo..

P.s: what if the app failed to submit ur entry after u have wonderfully composed ur article? Haha



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 6:04:53 pm

I completly agreed with you sizmo


Chris m

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 6:08:10 pm

Wel sizmo fun reading ur coment very long tho haha i thnk anderson could b our man forsure he def wasnt bought to man u for nothing i thnk hrs good at breaking up play,going forwad,and playmaking iv seen some cracking through balls from himand notice last season we saw a few goals if we dnt land anyone for midfeild id defo like to see ando get more games,one things forsure tho i dnt want de rossi for me hes another aqualani good in the slow italian leg but would get a shock in epl i thnk fletch n carrick are as good as him all day long



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 6:15:28 pm

Have just read on twitter that Mr gill is in Spain trying to do deal for Diarria and Kaka. Anybody got any info.



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 6:45:42 pm

Good stuff simzo


Sean 123 Mufc

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 7:48:46 pm

young signed today gill would have to be there to sign with him so douth that is true transfer updates is a load of blocks anyway and Dirra does wanna move so he said today



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 7:50:09 pm

Midfield for me wud b,valencia,sneijder,diarra,young


Red 4 life

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 8:18:08 pm

Now get kaka


Wee love young

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 8:54:48 pm

We love young



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 9:58:18 pm

we need diarra he will be as important to us as a creative midfielder. I’d recommend nani to either inter or real inter for sneijder and nani plus cash our way for diarra
and berba to Bayern in exchange plus cash for sweinsteiger wats peoples thoughts



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:18:28 pm

I want kaka on his day one of the best midfielders in the world ??



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:36:42 pm

Welcome 2 th best club in th world



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:47:08 pm

I think diarra wld fit in perfectly bt schwensteiger wont. I’m just having this nervous gut feeling abt young, i dnt knw why. Bt hey in fergie we trust. I rly wna see either lass or modric at old trafford cmg season, maybe even both hehe



Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:21:42 pm

Welcome to the theatre of dreams Ashley


Redd devil

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:46:14 pm

Some of you guys must smoke drugs and post your comments. I honestly don’t think any of you must live in the real world. Kaka, diarra, sweinsteiger (sorry for miss spelling names). Let’s be realistic. After de gea we will only get young talent that’s been scouted in lower leagues. I would love to have all the player you guys mention, however before we get out knickers in a twist let’s remember who our owners are. Live utd hate those American money grabbing twats. However, let’s optimistic and have an open mind. If I was to be honest I’m a victim of day dreaming as well. I would live Nasri over all the rest as he’s a proven player in the PL. However, noway will it happen. Maybe a bosman next year if he doesn’t sign? Yeah noway will he sign. Lol


Malay love

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 1:24:50 am

I think Anderson has a big future at united, hes still young, and one of my favourite players.
I feel we have massively missed Hargreaves, he was quality for the time he played with us, and he could take freekicks, and score, unlike most of united. Young is good from set plays though, but I feel a player like hargreaves really helps beat the best teams, like barca, and he is English.



Fri, 24 Jun 2011 4:16:17 am

great siging i am waiting for the headlines ” MANCHESTER UNITED SIGN SNIJIDER FROM INTER MILAN”



Fri, 24 Jun 2011 7:15:27 am

@redd devil not all Americans are money grabbing twats. Just saying.



Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:01:10 am

welcome young to old traford


Ashley Young 7th in all time premier league assists! What a buy!!!!

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 3:48:04 pm

Ashley Young 7th in all time premier league assists! What a buy!!!!
Top 10 Assist Rates in Premier League History 1. David Beckham – 0.57 (152 assists) 2. Thierry Henry – 0.56 (144 assists) 3. Francesc Fabregas – 0.55 (115 assists) 4. Eric Cantona – 0.51 (81 assists) 5. Dennis Bergkamp – 0.46 (147 assists) 6. Ryan Giggs – 0.46 (263 assists) 7. Paolo Di Canio – 0.45 (87 assists) – Ashley Young – 0.45 (76 assists) 9. Mikel Arteta – 0.43 (72 assists) 10. Robert Pires – 0.42 (78 assists


U N I T E D 4 E V E R

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:39:16 pm

Good signing Fergie, now we can start to think of better players. Lionel Messi would do fine especially how he and barca malled us in the Champions League Final.


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