Sir Alex Ferguson thought he had ended Ashley Young's diving

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believed he had stopped Ashley Young's diving antics, after telling the England international  that he would not tolerate players going down.

Ferguson reveals in his autobiography how he left Young out of the Manchester United starting line-up at the end of the 2011/12.

The winger had dived twice in eight days, winning penalties in fixtures against Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa.

"Ashley ran into trouble against QPR in the 2011-12 season, when Shaun Derry was sent off and our player was accused of diving,” Ferguson writes.

“I left him out for the next game, and told him that the last thing he needed as a Manchester United player was a reputation for going down easily. It wasn't a penalty kick against QPR and Shaun Derry's sending off was not rescinded.

“Ashley did it two weeks in a row but we stopped it. Going to ground too willingly was not something I tolerated.”

Young, however, was heavily criticised when he was booked for diving against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in September.

Also in Tuesday's Champions League goalless  draw with Real Sociedad, Young appeared to make the most of a tug in the box to win a penalty, only for Robin Van Persie to hit the post.

The incident has caused a frenzy of criticism against the winger, but Manchester United's manager David Moyes refused to comment on Young's role in the penalty, claiming it was “the referees choice.”

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