Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Ashley Young from Aston Villa.

The 25-year-old has signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford from Aston Villa in a deal reported to be worth around £17 million.

The winger has 15 international appearances to his name having scored twice, including the equaliser in England's last 2012 qualifier against Switzerland.


Young is expected to lead an exodus at Villa Park, with Stewart Downing also set to leave.

Michael Owen has hailed the signing of Young.

"I see Ashley Young has undergone a medical today. Let's hope everything goes well as he would be a great signing for us," he told Twitter.

Young became Sir Alex Ferguson's second signing of the summer after the capture of England Under 21 international Phil Jones from Blackburn for £16.5million.

"The opportunity to come and play for one of the biggest clubs in the world is one I couldn't turn down," Young told MUTV. "It's a chance to hopefully become part of the history by helping to win the 20th title.

"It's a prospect I always looked at from being a child - to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world. I've got that opportunity now so I've just got to take it with two hands."

Villa, who signed Young from Watford in January 2007 in a deal eventually worth £10million, were resigned to losing one of their prize assets as he had only a year left on his contract.

"Ashley has made a terrific contribution for Villa over the past four-and-a-half seasons and everyone at the club wishes him the best for the future," said new Villa boss Alex McLeish.

"He has become an important player in the England team during that time and I'm sure he will be looking forward to this new challenge."

A statement on the club's official website read: "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Aston Villa for the transfer of Ashley Young. The player passed a medical in Manchester this week and has agreed a five-year contract."

United defender Rio Ferdinand wrote on his Twitter page: "Welcoming Ashley Young to Manchester United. Another top, hungry and young player joins the ranks."

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