Roy Keane has labelled Ashley Young an “absolute disgrace” after the Manchester United winger dived in an attempt to win a penalty against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night.
Young, who has been booked for simulation on several occasions in the past and has subsequently earned himself a bit of a reputation, avoided a yellow card against the Russian Premier League side but was warned by the referee.
Keane, however, did not hold back when talking about the incident on ITV’s Champions League highlights show on Wednesday evening.
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"If he’s a Manchester United player, I’m a Chinaman. It's absolutely disgraceful," the former United captain told ITV, according to the Mirror. "The senior players need to get hold of him. That shouldn't be accepted at Manchester United.
"That's not leaving your leg in. That's different. It's the somersault he does, it's an absolute disgrace.
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"Maybe once or twice can be seen as a mistake. But he's done it nine or 10 times and he's done it at his previous clubs."
Video: Ashley Young's dive
Keane becomes the second Manchester United legend to criticise Young this week following Paul Scholes’ comments on Tuesday evening.
The former England international, though, was a little less harsh with his words than the outspoken Keane.
"Ashley needs to stop doing this. He knows that himself, but it's just a habit and he can't get rid of it,” Scholes said on BT Sport after United’s 1-0 win over CSKA. "It's so obvious and he just needs to get this out of his game. It is embarrassing and Ashley knows it."
Young must ensure that was his final dive
Young has been warned over his tendency to dive by both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes in the past, but it’s clearly an aspect of the 30-year-old’s game that he’s found difficult to stop.
In order to avoid forever being remembered for his diving, however, it’s important that was the final time he ever deliberately throws himself to the ground in a cynical attempt to deceive the referee.
Manchester United fans: do you agree with Roy Keane - or is his criticism a little too harsh? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!
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