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Ashley Young
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Young in 2007
Personal information
Full nameAshley Simon Young
Date of birth(1985-07-09) 9 July 1985 (age 28)
Place of birthStevenage, England
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionWinger

Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Youth career
Senior career*
2007–2011Aston Villa157(30)
2011–Manchester United64(8)
National team‡
2006–2007England U2110(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2013
Ashley Simon Young (born 9 July 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a winger for Manchester United and the English national team. Born and raised in Hertfordshire, Young's father was from Jamaica. Young started his career at Watford, making his first senior appearances in 2003 under the management of Ray Lewington. He became a first-team regular in 2004–05, and was one of Watford's key players in their promotion winning 2005–06 season. Young continued to play well for Watford in the Premier League, and in January 2007 he transferred to Aston Villa for a fee of £8 million, rising to £9.65 million with add-ons. He established himself in the first team at Villa Park, and has since earned 28 caps for England, scoring 7 goals. On 23 June 2011, Young signed for Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.


          Club career


          Despite having been turned away by Watford's Academy after an unsuccessful spell, Young endeavoured to improve himself as a player and was eventually offered a professional deal by the club. The 18-year-old was handed his first team début under Ray Lewington in September 2003, scoring as a substitute against Millwall. He achieved five substitute appearances that season, scoring three goals, and made his first start for the club in the League Cup. Young came to prominence in the 2004–05 season, playing a part in 34 of Watford's league matches as they struggled to survive in the Championship. Although he failed to find the net, his performance during this season earned him the club's Young Player of the Season award.

          Under Aidy Boothroyd in the 2005–06 season, Young was given a new lease of life as a striker and right winger. Young started 41 League matches, finding the net 15 times, including a playoff semi-final goal against Crystal Palace, as Watford qualified for the playoffs and eventually beat Leeds United 3–0 to gain promotion to the Premier League. During that season, Young scored a number of spectacular goals, including free-kicks against Plymouth and Leeds, a shot into the top corner from 30 yards out against Coventry City, and a curling shot against Queens Park Rangers. It was during this season, though, that Young was sent off for the first time in his career, in the local derby away at Luton Town.

          Young began Watford's 2006–07 Premier League season well, scoring three times in the league, including a last minute strike in a 3–3 draw with Fulham (he had also scored Watford's second goal in the match), and a goal against Middlesbrough, in Watford's first win of the season in October. He also scored a free-kick in the League Cup. In the January 2007 transfer window, three clubs made £5 million offers for the Under-21 International. Watford rejected these approaches, as well as (as of 12 January 2007) an offer of £7 million, again from an unnamed club

          An improved offer of nearly £10 million from West Ham United was accepted. However, Young rejected the move, opting to wait for offers from clubs for whom relegation was not an issue.

          Aston Villa

          Young with a ball girl, prior to Aston Villa's UEFA Cup match away at FH in August 2008.
          On 18 January 2007, Aston Villa had an £8 million offer (rising to £9.75 million with add-ons), accepted—the club's record transfer fee. This allowed manager Martin O'Neill and the Aston Villa board to discuss personal terms with the player. Two days later O'Neill confirmed the player had agreed to join the club. Young underwent a medical on 21 January and the signing was confirmed on 23 January 2007. On 31 January, he scored on his debut for Villa at St James' Park against Newcastle United, but Villa went on to lose 3–1. Young started the 2007–08 season well, receiving several Man of the Match awards, culminating in a call-up to the England squad.

          In the 2007–08 Premier League season, Young finished second to Cesc Fàbregas in assists with 17. Young was included in the Premier League Team of the Year, and apart from Portsmouth's David James, he was the only other player who did not come from any of the 'Big Four' (Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United) to make it into the best XI of the season. He is known for his pace, set pieces and ability to pass and shoot. He is also well known for cutting back onto his right foot and 'whipping' the ball into the penalty area.

          On 20 April 2008, Young scored 2 goals and assisted two goals for Aston Villa against Birmingham City at Villa Park and Villa went on to win the game 5–1. He also scored the winner against Danish side Odense Boldklub in Villa's home leg of the Intertoto Cup 3rd round. On 10 October 2008 Young won the Player of the Month award. This was due to his performances in the 2008–2009 Premier League season. Having also won the award in April 2008, Young joins the list of players who have won the award more than once including Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard. On 7 December 2008 in the 3–2 win over Everton, Young scored two goals, one being an injury time winner after Everton's Joleon Lescott had equalised seconds earlier putting his tally for the season up to five. Manager Martin O'Neill later described the player as being 'world-class' in the post-match press conference. Ashley Young signed a new four-year contract until 2012 on 4 November 2008. On 10 January 2009 Young was again awarded Player of the Month for December along with O'Neill, who won the Manager of the Month award. He became the first ever player to win three FA Premiership Player of the Month awards in the same year. During a match against Sunderland on 18 January 2009, Young was sent off for a two-footed foul on Sunderland's Dean Whitehead.

          Young at an open training session at Villa Park
          Young appeared for Villa at the 2009 Peace Cup in Andalusia. He scored a header that was to be the third and final goal in a Group C match against Atlante as Villa triumphed 3–1. This was also the goal that sent Villa through to the knockout stages due to their superior goal difference in comparison to fellow group members Atlante and Málaga. After helping Villa defeat Portuguese side Porto in the semi-final, Ashley Young scored a penalty in the final as Villa overcame Italian club Juventus. Villa won 4–3 on penalties, after the game had finished 0–0 in normal time. Young's performances in Spain earned him praise in the media.

          On 24 August 2009 Young scored a penalty as Aston Villa won 3–1 against Liverpool at Anfield. He did, however, go on to miss a penalty on 27 August in a home tie in the UEFA Europa League against Rapid Vienna. Young won two penalties in the first half of the game (one that he missed, the other that was converted by James Milner) as Aston Villa were eliminated from the tournament on the away goals rule.

          During the 2010–11 season, Young became vice-captain of the club and played in a new free role behind the striker, allowing him to move from wing to wing and through the centre. Young scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season with a direct free-kick in the Premier League game at home to Bolton Wanderers on 18 September 2010. He ended the season with nine goals and fourteen assists in 39 appearances for Villa in all competitions. With one year left to run on his current contract, Young stated that he would not make a decision on his future until the end of the season. On 20 June 2011, new Villa manager Alex McLeish admitted that he was resigned to losing Young, stating, "It's not confirmed yet but it does seem likely."

          Manchester United

          On 23 June 2011, Young completed a move to Manchester United for an undisclosed fee, reportedly between £15 million and £20 million, having passed a medical the day before, beating Liverpool to the signing. He signed a five-year deal with the club for an undisclosed fee. He was handed the #18 shirt previously worn by Paul Scholes. He made his debut on 13 July in a 4–1 friendly win against American club New England Revolution, playing 67 minutes on the right wing before being substituted. Young made his competitive debut for United in a 3–2 derby win over Manchester City in the 2011 Community Shield, playing the full 90 minutes and making an assist.

          He made his league debut for United against West Bromwich Albion on 14 August 2011, setting up the first goal for Wayne Rooney and forcing an own goal after a run down the left flank and cross, in a 2–1 away win. He was named Man of The Match. He scored his first two goals for United on 28 August in an 8–2 victory against Arsenal at Old Trafford. Both occurring after cutting inside from the left flank and bending two right foot shots into the far corner. Young made his debut in the UEFA Champions League on 27 September 2011, scoring a headed goal in the 90th minute to help Manchester United to a 3–3 draw against Basel. After a long term injury, Ashley returned on the field at Stamford Bridge in a 3–3 Premier League draw against Chelsea on 5 February 2012. On 16 February, he scored a goal for the lead in a Europa League 2–0 away win against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena. On 4 March 2012, Young scored two goals and made an assist against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in a 3–1 Premier League win. On 2 April, he scored in a 2–0 win against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

          International career


          Young made his senior England debut in November 2007
          As a result of his form for Watford during the 2005–06 season, in February 2006 Young earned a call-up to Peter Taylor's England U21 League squad to face an Italian Serie B squad alongside team-mate Chris Eagles. Young started alongside Eagles in the 1–0 win, playing the first half. His continued form into the 2006–07 season earned him a first England U21 call-up to face Switzerland U21s in September 2006. Young played the last 15 minutes of the match as England scored a late goal to win 3–2, topping their group, and reaching a playoff for a place in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. At the finals, Young played three times. He took part in the epic semi-final shootout against hosts Netherlands, scoring twice in the shootout as England lost 13–12.

          Senior team

          Early career

          On 31 August 2007, Steve McClaren called Young up to the full England squad for the first time to face Russia and Israel in the Euro 2008 qualifiers. He was again called up for the Euro 2008 qualifiers to face Estonia and Russia. On 16 November 2007 Young finally made his international debut and came on as a half-time substitute for England in a friendly against Austria. He has since appeared in the England friendly against Germany in November 2008, coming on as a second half substitute. He was also part of the starting XI in Fabio Capello's England squad in the friendly against Holland at the Amsterdam Arena on 12 August 2009. Young did not make the cut in Capello's 30-man squad for the World Cup in South Africa.

          Euro 2012

          On 12 October 2010, Young made his first start for England in a Euro 2012 qualifying match against Montenegro. He scored his first international goal in a friendly away to Denmark on 9 February 2011 in Copenhagen, which was the winning goal. Young also scored again against Switzerland on 4 June 2011, as he got the equaliser with a volley from the edge of the area, after coming off the bench for Frank Lampard at half-time. On 6 September 2011, Young scored the only goal for England in a Euro 2012 qualifying 1–0 win against Wales. On 7 October, he scored England's first goal away against Montenegro, and set up Darren Bent for the second. England went on to draw the match 2–2 and securing a qualification to Euro 2012. On 29 February 2012, Young scored his fifth international goal in a 2–3 home loss to Netherlands in a friendly match played at Wembley Stadium.

          On 26 May 2012, Young scored his sixth, as well as his fourth straight, international goal in a Euro 2012 warm-up game against Norway. He became the first English footballer since Wayne Rooney to score in four straight international appearances. In his next game for England against Belgium he provided the assist for England's first goal. Young played in all four of England's matches at Euro 2012, culminating with a quarter-final defeat to Italy on penalties; Young was one of two England players to miss their penalties as Italy won 4–2 to reach a semi-final against Germany.

          Personal life

          Young was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire He has one older brother and two football-playing younger brothers, Lewis, who made his debut for Watford in 2008, and Kyle, who in April 2009 was training at the Arsenal Academy. Young attended The John Henry Newman School in Stevenage, and played school football alongside Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, who was in the same year.

          Young's Jamaican-born father supports Tottenham Hotspur, while Young himself, like his older brother, favoured Arsenal. His hero and "role model on and off the pitch" was Ian Wright.

          Career statistics


          ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupEuropeOther[nb 1]Total
          Aston Villa2006–071320000132
          Manchester United2011–1225600007210338
          Career total319571631962844138671
          Statistics accurate as of match played 11 May 2014


          As of 10 September 2013.

          England national team

          International goals

          Scores and results list England's goal tally first.

          International goals
          19 February 2011Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark12 Denmark2–12–1Friendly
          24 June 2011Wembley Stadium, London, England15  Switzerland2–22–2UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
          36 September 2011Wembley Stadium, London, England17 Wales1–01–0UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
          47 October 2011Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro18 Montenegro1–02–2UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
          529 February 2012Wembley Stadium, London, England19 Netherlands2–22–3Friendly
          626 May 2012Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway20 Norway1–01–0Friendly
          7.22 March 2013Serravalle Stadium, San Marino28 San Marino


          2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
          • 1 England's goal tally always listed first in results.




          • Football League Championship play-offs (1): 2006

          Manchester United

          • Premier League (1): 2012–13
          • FA Community Shield (1): 2011


          • Watford Young Player of the Season (1): 2004–05
          • PFA Championship Team of the Year (1): 2005–06
          • PFA Premier League Team of the Year (2): 2007–08, 2008–09
          • PFA Young Player of the Year (1): 2008–09
          • Premier League Player of the Month (3): April 2008, September 2008, December 2008


          1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Championship play-offs and FA Community Shield.

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