Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson says he is fearful that Ashley Young will develop a reputation for being ‘a diver’ after he was accused of going down to easily in Manchester United’s recent wins against QPR and Aston Villa.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that Young ‘overdid’ his fall to earn a penalty against his former side Aston Villa last weekend, while he was forced to endure widespread criticism from his former team-mates after the game.
Young was also responsible for earning a spot-kick and getting Shaun Derry sent off in United’s 2-0 win over the Hoops at Old Trafford.
Robson believes Young may be denied a penalty in the future because of the reputation he has garnered, and believes the 26-year-old will now think twice before going to ground.
"The thing is, it could be in a really important game where there's a blatant penalty and he'll not get it because he gets a reputation for the diving," Robson told BBC Sport.
"He's a sensible lad and he'll stand there, look in the mirror and think 'I've got to be a bit more careful and stay on my feet a little bit'."
Young’s actions helped spark the debate over diving in football, and former United goalkeeper Alex Stepney believes that unless the authories clamp down on diving, then it will remain a part of the game.
"There are players in every team that do it," Stepney told the BBC.
"The only people that can stop it are the referee, the Premier League and the FA.
"They have got to put strong punishments for diving and the only way you can do that at the time is by video.
"The way they're doing it is not riding the tackle. They're throwing their feet into the other player to get the penalty.
"If any player did that in our day, they would have got seen to."