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Young: Everyone Wants To Beat The Biggest Club In The World

Ashley Young has reflected on his first year at United, claiming that his strong desire to win is something he shares in common with Sir Alex Ferguson.

“Sir Alex Ferguson has been a massive influence on me,” Young told The Mirror. “I said at the time that as soon as Sir Alex comes knocking at the door, it’s a no-brainer. I was always going to go there. The first thing he said to me was that it was going to be a challenge because everyone wants to beat United. Everyone wants to be able to say they’ve beaten United because it’s the biggest club in the world. I saw that as soon as I stepped in the building. It’s been fantastic to be able to work under such a successful manager and hopefully we’ll be able to bring success next season. I’ve been brought up to be a winner. I’ve always been that way and now I’m at Man United the manager instils that will to win. I think as a player you have got to have that hunger and desire to win games. There’s no better feeling than coming off the pitch knowing you’ve won the game.”

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  1. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Jury is still out, but Youngs willingness to shoot and put it goals from distance might win me over yet.

    Feeling much better after reading that
    Paul Scholes has agreed a 1 year extension.
    Ben Amos also penned a new 3year deal

  2. Vidic says:

    He’s right :)

  3. ZuluUtd-Malta says:

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>Brendon Rodgers is the new Dippers manager.
    I feel very sad for him. I don’t think he is a bad guy ! He deserved something much better !!

  4. gora says:

    Christ we are too quiet in the transfer mkt. I remember 2007 summer we moved early to buy nani and anderson the we got tevez later. We need to buy guys. Chelski look like they mean buriness next year. Please buy buy.

  5. parryheid says:

    Right in one sense but people would rather beat the best and United are failing in that status imo.

  6. TheCANTONA says:

    link mate?

  7. Fred says:

    Agreed. Everyone wants to beat Real Madrid.

  8. UTD-STHLM says:


    Yeah you’re right! We should go out and buy because chelsea are buying, I think we should get Cavani, Villa, Thiago, Götze, M’vila, Higuain!, and while were at it why not also get Messi and ronaldo!

    If Sir Alex decides to buy then he’ll do it because UNITED needs it and not cuz chelsea, city etc are doing it,

    Sir Alex always knows best!,

  9. NigerianRed says:

    I think Young will turn out to be a very good player for Man Utd. Even before reading this, you could see his hunger and desire during the season and he scored some brilliant goals.

  10. Fred says:

    “There’s no better feeling than coming off the pitch knowing you’ve won the game.”

    There is, lad. It’s coming off the pitch knowing you’ve won the title. Not that you would know anything about that, Mr. Born Winner.

  11. bruce thomas says:

    Sir Alex might know best — but unfortunately, it’s not him who decides is it? It’s the ginger gimps. Kill the Glazers.

  12. Fred says:

    Brendan Rodgers is vastly overrated. I’ve been holding my tongue on this subject but there’s something of the Phil Browns about him, imho. Don’t believe the hype.

  13. Fred says:

    Bruce – now you’re talking my language, pal.

  14. mancdub says:

    The transfer window isn’t open yet.
    Nobody has signed anyone.

  15. Busby babes says:

    if downing is anything to go by young has been a revelation:-) all in all i think the lad will prove to be a good buy scored some crackers 2. young qite rite the BIGGEST CLUB in the WORLD

  16. sa-mufc says:

    well u jus hav to wait for nex season ashley. But eh the transfer market, hazard 2 chelsea? I d0n0 sum hw think tat big head is waiting out 4 a bigger offer fr0m united, he’l be waitin..jus bring in kagawa, a striker n a full back, get rid of sum deadwood, get da ladz 110% fit den bring it on, united is goin 2 produce da best footbal nex season, n nw tat barca’s d0minance has cum 2 an end, i d0nt c c0nquering euro nex seas0n wud b muc of a hassle, pr0vided da missing links are filled durin tis transfer window, crucial

  17. utd_fc says:

    @Fred, don’t know about that man. Swansea played some very good football over the season, and they didnt shy away from their approach against the best of them, sure it might not have always worked but you gotta give the man SOME credit no?

  18. Wakey says:


    The transfer window isn’t even open yet and our recent deals haven’t generally been announced until everything is finalised.

    @Bruce Thomas

    SAF and Gill decide who we sign using the budget they have. And as SAF has said when mores needed the Glazers haven’t said no. I suspect if they did say no to an essential signing that SAF would quit.

    I agree with Fred, he is solid but no where near ready for a high pressure job like Liverpool. Especially as it requires a major overhaul especially to play football as he has shown. Fred mentioned Brown and remember he was getting plaudits for a long time but ‘one swallow doesn’t make a summer’

    He should have stayed at Swansea to get more PL experiance before moving on to a bigger stage. Martinez was a better option although even then he seemed a bit small time for Liverpool (yes they are currently playing at small time level but you would expect then to be aiming higher)

  19. redcrab says:

    @ gora: absolutely ridiculous!

    Its not as though both Stoke and Sunderland haven’t outspent us in the period 2006-2011!

    Hang on, wait, what?

  20. Utd4life says:

    I think he has had a reasonably decent start to his UTD career. He scored some crucial goals and put in match winning assists so his contribution this season has been significant. I feel that he will get better next season as he has now had a full season under his belt.

  21. Gee says:

    Youngs had a decent first season, if it wasn’t for injuries he would have been one of our top players, no doubt. Next season he will be even better, and hopefully he stays fit.

    As for SAF signing people only if we need them, well if there is anyone here that doesn’t think we need some good additions you are on crack!! I’m not saying go out and buy 20 players but Kagawa and maybe an enforcer for midfield too, Baines is good back up or challenger for Evra and I’d say another striker if Berba goes. But if we sign nobody we WILL be in for a massive shock next season!!

  22. parryheid says:

    Believe me matey your not a lone voice.

  23. Wakey says:


    Except Stoke and Sunderland didn’t outspend us. They just both spent rather silly amounts on average players and got very little in return on their sales. We got fairly decent money on our sales which has driven our net spend down. I don’t know why netspend being low has become such an ‘evil’ thing, Clubs should be trying to have the net spend as close to zero as they can and as I believe it’s only City and Chelsea who outspent us in that period then its not like we aren’t spending money

  24. Busby_Fergie says:

    Young’s crosses = Best in Europe!

  25. Fred says:

    We scored about one goal from Young crosses all season didn’t we? :?:


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