Date: 11th May 2011 at 1:59am
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Ashley Young

Is the Villa winger about to start a bidding war?

Long term United target Aston Villa’s Ashley Young could be heading to Anfield instead of Old Trafford this Summer according to reports.

It’s been long rumoured that Sir Alex Ferguson is an admirer of Young who has seen his stock rise this season with a series of impressive displays in an otherwise average Villa side.

The Guardian notes:

“Liverpool’s owner, Fenway Sports Group, is increasingly confident of following the imminent appointment of Kenny Dalglish as the club’s permanent manager by beating Manchester United to the signature of the Aston Villa forward Ashley Young.

“FSG officials, notably the principal owner, John W Henry, and Liverpool’s chairman, Tom Werner, have voiced their support for the 60-year-old Scot and backed him on the combined £57.8m purchases of Andy Carroll and Luis Suárez in January.

“They are now pursuing Young, another target of Dalglish and the director of football, Damien Comolli, and have emerged as favourites to sign the £15m-rated England international despite competition from United, the Premier League champions-elect.

“Young enters the final year of his Villa contract this summer having rejected the offer of an improved deal, which contained a get-out clause in the region of £15m, at the start of this season.”

Whether Ferguson would want to get involved in a bidding war for Young who’d arguably be a second choice winger, is open to debate, but personally I feel it’s one transfer United can afford to miss out on.

Young’s a quality player of that there is no doubt, but whether he’s quite United class, I’m not entirely convinced.



14 responses to “Liverpool Set To Hijack United Deal For Winger”

  1. DaveWestAus says:

    I for one cannot understand why LFC want to sign this player! He has’n’t done anything special at Villa!I have never thought he was better than average! AND IN YOUR WORDS – if he goes to Old Trafford he will be there to warm the bench! If he is’n’t Man U class then he is’n’t LFC’s either! Wake up LFC and get some QUALITY players in!

  2. hadi says:

    u welcom to liverpool don’t go to shity man u alex ferguson wil be fucked up soon WE GOT NICE SONG FOR YA YOUG

  3. amit says:

    i really think kk should not be our manager next season bcoz he is doing the same thing roy did buying average players ashley young and steward dowgning will not b on bench of manu and chelsea they why lfc are going for these players if u really want to challenge for title then go for hazzard , sanchez etc or else fight for staying in league in next 3 years u asswhole kenny

  4. Baldrick says:

    Why would he turn down a club that wins trophies to go to one that doesn’t?

  5. Dean says:

    @amit so because King Kenny is supposedly signing players you dont like or want at the club he is an asshole.Maybe you should stop playing football manager and start to read a bit more UEFA have introduced NEW RULES that require clubs to have home grown talent meaning they have to come from either the club itself or the country of the club not foreign players therefore you will see the likes of King Kenny,Ferguson and who ever is in charge of chelsea,man city and arsenal will be going for local players not foreigners.

  6. wiuru says:

    Fergie has identified the players he wants and they will be joining us come what may ! If young is on that list so be it (but i dont believe so )

  7. niall says:

    I think if united are truely in for Young then it would be hard to see why he would say no to them and choose liverpool. In saying that he fits the criteria of player that liverpool are in dire need of whereas united need reinforcements in other areas namely a keeper and central midfield.
    I have other preferences in the wide areas but I do like the fact he is english and knows the league very well.
    I assume that liverpool will play a system that is adaptable and versatile and players like Young can easily fit into a 433 or 451 even an othordox 442 would suit him. I noticed people saying he isnt united class and maybe so but neither is Carrick or for years I listened about how fletcher was woefull yet both have been instrumental in recent league and cup successes for united so really for me he is another peice in the puzzle if indeed he is actually on the clubs radar.

    • tarantino says:

      Well said Niall! Yours was the first intelligent comment made. ManU and LFC have different priority areas to strengthen this summer. LFC have desperately needed an true winger for years, while united clearly need to get a central midfielder or two and maybe a GK. Plus the system Kenny is playing is very adaptable and that is very much one of Youngs best features. He would make an excellent signing for LFC.

  8. myron Saacks says:

    Agreed any players that choose Chelsea , Liverpool or Arsenal or even City for that Matter must go if they want to be a success and win things there can only be one place for them if they re dumb enough to go elsewhere good luck to them they wont win a damm thing Younge id take downing can stay

  9. mike hendry says:

    Sorry…i dont quite understand?? He is not United Class??? Is that what you said?? So Ashley Young, England starter is not in the same league as Valencia, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Park Bench Sung, sorry mate you are having a laugh. Man U have won the league and have easily been the most consistent team this season, but their record against the top 6 as well as the top teams in Europe is questionable..this has been the worse team to win the Prem League since Leeds did it back in 92 and I include Blackburn who were a much superior team to this lot. So with all due respect, Ashley Young would be a top player for United on a par with Vidic, Nani, and Rooney and Giggs..who have been Uniteds biggest players this year. So if LFC get him than good for them…but pls dont say he is NOT Man U quality…it just beggars belief and shows a lack of knowledge and literal integrity.