Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits he's been delighted by the impact of Ashley Young at Old Trafford.

The England international winger joined the Red Devils this summer for a reported £18 million fee, and has instantly hit the ground running after a fine campaign for Aston Villa last term.

And, ahead of the clash against his old side, Ferguson has paid tribute to the player's efforts following the big-money move.

"Ashley had a fantastic season last year at Villa. He showed maturity coming into his game and that's the thing that attracted me most of all," Ferguson told the official United website.

"We decided to go for him because we knew, at 25 years of age, we were getting someone of maturity in the Premier League and he could also play several positions."

Young's versatility was another factor for the Scottish boss when he decided to make the move for the former Watford starlet during pre-season.

Able to play 'in the hole' behind a striker, Ferguson is delighted with Young's contribution in terms of goals, as well as the assists that come from his crossing ability.

"He's a terrific option just behind the front man - we used him there against Benfica and he did well. In that respect, we got an all-round footballer," added Ferguson.

"He's a terrific crosser of the ball and his goal attempts have been good. He had a hat-trick of chances last week against Newcastle. That's not a bad contribution for a wide player in terms of goal strikes.

"He's done very well."

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