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Young: I Turned Down City For Biggest Club In The World

When asked about interest from Manchester City this summer, Ashley Young has admitted they wanted to sign him, although he had no interest in joining them once Manchester United made a move for him.

“That’s true, but as soon as I heard about Manchester United there was no other club for me,” said Young. “It’s Manchester United. They are the biggest club in the world, and I think if you ask anyone who they want to play for the majority will say: ‘Man United.’ The fan base, the team and what they have won in the past is amazing. I want to be part of that – and be able to bring the title back to United again and make history with a 20th. I feel I have settled straight away into the team, which for a club the size of Manchester United isn’t easy. But I believe in my ability and feel it was easy to fit in, especially as I know some of the boys and the team spirit they have.”

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  1. JC says:

    @Costas – wasn’t that what they said about Cleverley as well, speculation about his “rapid return” and his inclusion in the Basel match? Not holding out much hope in quick recoveries with our medical track record lately… :(

  2. Anand says:

    nice statement Ashley, but there’s another part to it. Playing at the world’s greatest club also means rising up to the occasion each and every time you set foot on the field. Don’t forget that.

  3. Costas says:

    Pity it has come down to this between the club and Keane. He has a right to his opinion and tactics like that aren’t complimentary for our club…

    As for the Da Silvas, they are hardly kids anymore. Ronaldo at their age never got injured…


    Don’t remember that about Tom to be honest. Could be right. His return has only been pushed back as far as I can tell. Like you I don’t have much faith in them, but hopefully Tom and Ando will be back by mid January. Carrick and Jones can’t keep playing forever…

  4. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:


    Is the term Arab offensive mate? The reason I ask is there is a new song about city doing the rounds and it has a line

    ” bought with Arab cash their fans have git no class, city are the biggest joke to me ”

    Just want to make sure I’m not offending anyone when singing it ( apart from city that is )

  5. CedarsDevil says:


    Morning pal, it is NOT offensive to use the term Arab, not at all. All Arabic speaking countries are referred to as an Arab nation. Its like saying using the term European is offensive….

    People need not be touchy for the wrong reasons

    Morning all

    Come ON UNITED

  6. byron1970 says:

    In terms of possible midfield signings, did anyone see James McCarthy playing for Wigan yesterday. The lad was absolutely outstanding. He never got caught in possession, kept it simple when required but played some outstanding forward passess at the right times. There were moments there when he reminded me of a certain mister Scholes. This kid was getting a lot of praise last season but I haven’t heard so much from him this season. I don’t know what he’s been playing like overall this season but if yesterday is anything to go by it won’t be too long before the big clubs come knocking on Wigan’s door. At 21 he’d definitely be worth a gamble as we’d probably get him for a reasonable enough price. I seem to recall Liverpool being linked with him last season.

  7. smartalex says:

    Happy Match Day Reds!

    Come on United!

  8. kevin says:

    too hot for my nap.
    About Keane,he should know his place. He was under the boss. He was praised when he did play well. He has a problem,should we say it was Keane’s team? It is Man Utd. Someone tell him I said this&I know he doesnt like it,’Whom does he think he is?’

  9. CedarsDevil says:

    QPR are not at all a bad team and at Loftus Road the atmosphere is usually excellent and no doubt that the place will be rocking for the visit of the champions.

    As long as we keep it tight at the back we should be fine and with Nani and Rooney among the goals again we should hopefully get the three points…

    Come on you mighty REDS

  10. smartalex says:

    My take:

    The word ‘Arab’ is not in itself offensive, neither is the word English, or European.

    However, to speak in a derogatory fashion about 2 specific people, but refer to them by the group name ‘The Russians and Arabs of this world’ is xenophobic, racist, and hurtful.

    Say you don’t like Townsend or Bellamy, to refer to them negatively as ‘The English and Welsh of this world is not on. What about Giggs, he’s Welsh? What about Cleverley, he’s English?

    Whether it was accidental or not, it was offensive.

    Similarly, referring derogatorily to anyone, while simultaneously classifying them, is definitely racist. To fellow English fans, referring to the ‘Arab’ who bought City is simply a way of identifying him, and means no slight on Arabs. However, if you know that a particular Englishman is extremely disliked by a foreign club, and they sing taunts that refer to ‘Englishmen’, rather that their specific target, it would likely cause offense.

    Anyway, that’s my pennies worth.

  11. smartalex says:

    Ironbrand – I’m going to try and stay out of any spat between my cherished idols. Whatever the details, we ALL must put United first, and that applies to fans, staff, management, players and legends. No exceptions.

    kevin – I sleep! Three to seven hours a day, unless I’m on the razzle. Then it’s 2 or 3 one-hour power-naps a day, full steam ahead for the remainder.

  12. CedarsDevil says:


    Hello my good friend…. You raise an excellent point. At the end of the day its all about intent, for me its not about the words used and hence I said that the term Arab is by no means offensive, however if people use it with an intention to be offensive than if becomes one.

  13. smartalex says:


    Good day friend! Yeah, the intent shines through. We don’t want some forceful twits joining this conversation! It’s one that can only be held by reasonable men. Most of my corpuscles have family in Scotland, and I am fiercely proud of that. If someone says “There’s fucking snow in Scotland” I’m cool, if they say “There’s snow in fucking Scotland”, I start this conversation! Bore them into submission!

  14. CedarsDevil says:


    For me racism stems from ignorance, pure ignorance. I will sight an example from personal experience…. Those educated enough will know that my country Lebanon is considered to be part of the Arab world, they will also know that we have no oil, no desert and no camels for that matter… They will also know that Lebanon is probably and with out bias one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Now I am white, I could easily pass as say an Italian, a Greek or a Spaniard. When I was living in England during the 70′s and 80′s and during my schooling years the minute some people found out I was Lebanese I would start to get comments like ‘Camel riding bastard’ or ‘Oil rich monkey in a white dress’ etc etc

    All stems from ignorance and I will leave it at that… We have a match to win

  15. kevin says:

    new thread

  16. smartalex says:


    I was about to continue this conversation, but now I read your last sentence I leave it too.

    Come on United!
    (ps come on internet bandwidth gremlins, give us a break!)


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