The demise of Ashley Young

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Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford will bring back memories of Manchester United’s splendid 8-2 win a couple of seasons back.

The 8-2 triumph also brings to mind the performance of Ashley Young - ex-winger, now diver-supreme.

When Ashley Young curled in a couple of absolute screamers against the Gunners in that 8-2 win, things were looking rosy for the ex-Watford man.

He finally had a chance to showcase his talents at one of the biggest clubs in the world. He was in superb form, playing with pace, directness and panache.

How the things have changed.

Two seasons on, and Young is in the biggest battle of his life - to save a football career that’s become the laughing stock of the premier league.

Young’s list of biggest ‘contributions’ to Manchester United so far reads like the honour roll of theatrical tumbles.

Young’s ‘best’ moments of the current season: a cringe-worthy dive against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford and a plunge against Real Sociedad away from home in which Young managed to crumple inexplicably to the ground, defying the laws of physics.

Fans of any football club deserve and expect better. Such blatant simulation is not appreciated in the Premier League.

The ignominy of the dives has been compounded by a singular lack of form.

He has become the very embodiment of a one-trick pony (two tricks if the diving is included).

Running down the wing, cutting in onto the right foot and sending in-swinging crosses is the tedious routine followed.

For a player who is reportedly paid more than a hundred thousand pounds a week, it smacks of a lack of desire from Ashley Young.

He seems to have lost his way totally.

Its amazing to see how a player who was looking like a shoe-in for the England side a couple of years ago can have such an epic fall from grace. He needs to fight to save his career.

A footballer being remembered more for his diving than his football is not a great legacy to have.

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