Date: 31st August 2011 at 3:44pm
Written by:
Ashely Young

The former Villa man has inspired his England team mate

Ashley Young’s superb start to his United career has impressed his former team mate Stewart Downing who’s confessed how it’s inspired other members of the England squad.

Downing said: “Ashley has done very well. He earned that move [to United] playing very well for Aston Villa and he scored two great goals at the weekend [against Arsenal].

I’ve seen that at Villa many times, in training and in games. It is no surprise he is doing well. I knew he would fit in very well. He is a top player, playing with a lot of confidence.

“But, not only is he playing well for his club, he’s done well of late in the England games.

“He’s got himself a couple of goals, he’s starting to make a big impact.

“There is competition for places. He has seen people competing with him for a place in the team and he’s grabbing it with both hands which we all have to do when the chance.”

Downing added: “Ashley’s progress does act as an inspiration, and not only for me. We all have to be ready when called upon by Fabio.

“There are a lot of players playing with confidence and hopefully we can take that into an England shirt.”

Before Young joined United there were a few fans, myself included, who weren’t sure whether he’d really raise the team’s level. Although it’s only been a few games this season, the performances Young has put in have shown that not only is he ‘Manchester United class’ he’s a world-class player who’s now the Reds another match winner in the starting XI.

It’s good to see even a bin dipper can admit he’s somewhat in awe of the former Watford and Villa winger.

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