Gary Neville is currently in Singapore, meaning he missed out on the news that Ashley Young had finally signed for Manchester United.
When asked about our new player by The New Paper, our former captain had to double check it was all official before talking about him.
“Sorry, have we signed Ashley Young? Was that done yesterday?” he asked. He was told that Young was now a United player. “I knew that they were signing him, I just didn’t know if he had officially signed. I didn’t want to get myself in to trouble.”
Having impressed since joining Aston Villa from Watford, Neville reckons that playing for the champions will step Young’s game up another gear.
“He’s extremely talented and can play on both wings,” he said. “I’ve played with him for England. With coming to United he’ll be surrounded by great players and a great atmosphere and this will inspire him more. He certainly has the ability and talent to be a great player for United.”
Rumours have suggested that Young’s arrival will signal Nani’s departure, but Neville doesn’t believe that to be the case at all.
“Last year, when Antonio Valencia got injured, we really did struggle at times in the wing positions,” he said. “In a squad game, Ashley Young, Ji-Sung Park and Nani can play left and right, so we now have great options in the wing positions. I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination it’s the end of Nani. Last year he had his best year for Manchester United and he won the Players’ Player of the Year. So I don’t think this is the end of Nani. People have been saying for twenty years, if we sign a player in one position, they think it’s the end of another player’s, but the way the game goes now, you need two players for each position.”
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