TV pundit blasts Young dive as 'pathetic'

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Sky Sports pundit Ray Wilkins blasted Ashley Young for his latest diving incident, claiming the Manchester United winger is a talented footballer but must cut the play-acting out of his game.

Young went down in the penalty area during last night’s 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad, earning his team a penalty which was eventually missed by teammate Robin Van Persie.

After the game, the ex-Chelsea assistant manager watched replays of the incident and expressed his disappointment towards the player and compared the dive to dangerous tackles that have recently been in the spotlight.

"This is pathetic," Wilkins said to Sky Sports. "This is as bad for me as all these over-the-top tackles we're getting at the moment because that is a conning of the referee.

It’s not the first time the 28-year-old winger has come under scrutiny for his tendency of hitting the deck, with a number of incidents over recent seasons earning the player yellow cards and also winning his team penalty kicks that shouldn't have been awarded.

Wilkins was left frustrated after the Champions League game and wished the former Aston Villa player would tidy up his act and focus on playing football.

He added: “I just wish Ashley would cut this out because he's a good player but he's getting a bad name."

Young put in a disappointing performance for the Manchester club in Europe and combined with his latest diving incident; the ex-Watford man is doing himself no favours in terms of regaining his place in the England squad, with friendlies against Chile and Germany set to take place in the upcoming weeks.

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