Ashley Young has already improved himself by 25 per cent since a summer switch from Aston Villa to Manchester United, at least that's the opinion of Old Trafford legend Peter Schmeichel.

The England winger has certainly been impressive since signing on the dotted line in June, and will provide United with some added cut and thrust, as well as expert delivery from set- pieces.

The latter was certainly evident during Sunday's Community Shield, with a pin-point free kick from Young teeing up Chris Smalling for United's first goal in a thrilling 3-2 win at Wembley.

And Schmeichel has certainly liked what he has seen so far from the 26-year-old who, he says, is already evidently better than last season.

"Ashley has had a good career with Villa and England and done well, but now he is at United he is 25 per cent better," the Dane told The Mirror.

 

"His work-rate, contribution, confidence are all better - everything he does is right. I think once you step into that environment, you become a better player."

He added: "For 99.9 per cent of the players there, they are at United because they want to be at United and it is their dream move.

"That gives United a little bit of an advantage over other clubs, where some players are maybe there because there was financial pressure for them to be sold. At United, everyone is there because they want to be there."

Meanwhile, Schmeichel has branded premature critics of fellow shot-stopper David De Gea as 'absolutely ridiculous' after some needlessly attributed blame on the Spaniard for the two goals conceded against Manchester City.

Schmeichel, who has been asked by Sir Alex Ferguson not to comment too much on United’s new number one, was however prepared to fight the Spaniard’s corner after unwarranted media criticism.

"I have promised not to interfere, but will make one comment," he said. "I think it is absolutely ridiculous, listening to people already criticising him after one game. Everyone in this country always gets a chance, so what is the point of doing that now?"


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