Manchester United signing Ashley Young has revealed that being part of the fight for a record 20th Barclays Premier League title was just too tempting for the winger to say no to.
“The opportunity to come and play for one of the biggest clubs in the world is one I couldn’t turn down,” Ashley said, after the 25-year-old confirmed he had signed for the club yesterday.
“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.”
Young credited legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson with convincing him to put pen to paper, and leave Aston Villa to fulfill his boyhood dream of playing for the English giants.
“It is a great feeling when one of the best, probably the greatest manager in the world, wants to sign you and one of the best clubs in the world want to buy you,” Young said.
“As soon as I got the phone call I wanted to get the papers signed.
“They are a fantastic team, they always produce great players and are fighting for titles. They’ve got that winning mentality.
“For myself as a player I always wanted to be the best I can be and have that challenge.
“A club like this allows me to have that challenge of winning titles and, hopefully, I can be part of it this season.”
Manchester United have now signed two England internationals this summer, with their current transfer tally reaching a reported £32 million. Young's signing signals Ferguson’s intent to move towards building a side of English talent to challenge European champions Barcelona.