Ashley Young would make an ideal summer signing for Manchester United, at least that's the opinion of Jamie Redknapp.
Despite Aston Villa's poor form, Young has been earning rave reviews for his performances for the relegation-threatened club and has been widely tipped to leave Villa Park in the summer.
United have been frequently linked with a move for the 25-year-old - as have Liverpool - and Redknapp believes the England winger could prove to be a natural successor to Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs.
“Ashley Young looks better every time I see him," the former Liverpool midfielder wrote in the Daily Mail.
“He has electric pace and dribbles with his head up; he looks a future Manchester United player to me, and an ideal replacement for Ryan Giggs.
“Aston Villa will have to cash in on the England winger in the summer rather than let him go on a free next season.”
Young has a year remaining on his current Villa contract, and the Midlands club keen to tie him down to a long-term deal.
However, the former Watford man has insisted he will not make a decision on his future until the summer - while admitting he is flattered by the reported interest from Old Trafford and Anfield.
“It’s always nice to be linked to those teams but I’m an Aston Villa player, I’ve got a year left of my contract. I’ve always said that I’m an ambitious person," he told the Sunday Telegraph.
Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has previously been outed as a fan of Young, while Sir Alex Ferguson is also known to be an admirer, so a summer bidding war could be set to ensue.