Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has criticised Ashley Young after the winger appeared to dive to win a penalty in the club's goalless draw against Real Sociedad in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

28-year-old Young, who arrived at Old Trafford from Premier League rivals Aston Villa during the summer of 2011 but has largely failed to establish himself as a first-team regular, attracted widespread criticism after seemingly tumbling a little too easily under the challenge of Markel Bergara in the second half at Anoeta Stadium.

Robin van Persie hit the post with the subsequent spot-kick, but the focus returned to Young after the game.

This is certainly not the first time that the England international has become embroiled in a diving scandal, with the former Watford star attracting widespread criticism from similar past incidents in matches against the likes of Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace.

But while United boss David Moyes focused on the minimal contact that was made by Bergara, former Red Devils legend Keane - who represented the club during a hugely-successful 12-year stint between 1993 and 2005 before suffering a fallout with Sir Alex Ferguson - accused Young of fooling the referee.

"You could say he's obviously played for it," the 42-year-old was quoted by the Daily Mail.

"Ashley Young has obviously gone down too much over the last few months, he's been heavily criticised in England, but of course we're playing in a foreign country and it's almost more acceptable.

"But I think he's conned the referee there," he added.


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