All the top media sources from Sky Sports to The Daily Mail understand that Aston Villa’s Ashley Young after much speculation in recent weeks has agreed personal terms with Manchester United.
The talented midfielder, who has become an England regular over the last season will complete a switch to Old Trafford when he returns from his holiday.
Young admitted earlier in the season that he was keen to play in the Champions League which at the time sparked speculation that he would be leaving Villa Park this summer.
With Young now settled in Fabio Capello’s England squad he wants to better himself as a player and with only a year remaining on his contract, Villa have seemingly decided to cash in on Young with us rumoured to be paying around £15-16m to secure the midfielder’s services.
Whilst it’s disappointing for Villa to lose arguably their best player over the last couple of seasons, Young wanting to leave is understandable regardless of him wanting to play at the highest level.
Villa are currently looking for a new manager and with several senior players having left the club, Young wants to move now rather than see out the remaining year of his contract in what looks will be like an uncertain season for the former European Champions.
Sir Alex Ferguson has always had an eye out for world-class players who can improve our club and play a part in our future. With Ryan Giggs at 37, this may well prove to be his final season at United so with that in mind it would perhaps benefit his long-term ‘replacement’ (if you can ever replace Giggsy for that matter) if he got the time to play alongside him and learn from our no.11.
Even with our talented midfielders at the club, there’s no doubt that the former Watford man will feel confident of achieving success at Old Trafford where he can challenge for trophies every season.
It’s great that he can play comfortably on either wing and in the heart of midfield and hopefully he will enjoy the best years of his career in a United shirt. As someone who has been a fan of Young for several years, I hope that’s exactly what he achieves.
By Adam Dennehey – @ADennehey87