Manchester United's most recent acquisition Ashley Young has been given a warm reception by a host of United's star turns.

The 25-year-old signed for a reported £17 million from Aston Villa on a five-year deal on Thursday.

And plenty of his teammates have wasted no time in praising the England winger.

Fellow winger Antonio Valencia said: "Ashley is a good footballer and I believe he will help us towards more success. As for myself, I have two more seasons left at United and I am convinced I will fulfil those. And maybe a few more years too."

On twitter, United's Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand appeared delighted at the move.


Owen said: "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 is a] very good player. [He] can play in a few different positions [and is a] brilliant crosser of the ball. Let's hope all goes well and he signs.”

Ferdinand said: "Welcoming Ashley Young to Manchester United, another top, hungry and young player joins the ranks."

Elsewhere United idol Dennis Irwin says Young can be a great player for the club.

“I think it’s a great signing and I expect him to be a really good player for us,” the Treble winner told

“He’s got good ability and is a real threat from set-pieces, which is something we’ve been missing in the last couple of years.

“He can play anywhere behind the front man and his delivery into the box is fantastic. He’s got a real eye for goal too and, given the opportunity, I think he’ll chip in with a few goals next season.”

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