Ashley Young has cited the influence of Sir Alex Ferguson as the key reason to why he signed for Manchester United last summer, and the England winger does not regret his decision for one moment.

The 26-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Aston Villa in June of last year, opting to reject the advances of Manchester City in order to secure a switch to cross-town rivals United.

However, City emerged triumphant at the end of the season, pipping United to the Premier League title at the last, after the latter had enjoyed an eight point lead going into the final weeks of the campaign.

Young, though, knows he made the right choice to dismiss the overtures of Roberto Mancini, and believes Ferguson will lead United to glory once again next season.

“Sir Alex Ferguson has been a massive influence on me," Young told The Mirror. "I said at the time that as soon as Sir Alex comes knocking at the door, it’s a no-brainer. I was always going to go there.

“The first thing he said to me was that it was going to be a challenge because everyone wants to beat United. Everyone wants to be able to say they’ve beaten United because it’s the biggest club in the world.

“I saw that as soon as I stepped in the building. It’s been fantastic to be able to work under such a successful manager and hopefully we’ll be able to bring success next season.”

Young scored six goals and contributed six assists during his first term at Old Trafford, and is likely to feature prominently for England at the European Championships next month.

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