Messi reserves praise for Villa ace Young

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has praised Aston Villa winger Ashley Young for his weekend performance against West Ham United.

The Argentine international is thought to have watched the Villains beat the Hammers 3-0 on cable TV, and tweeted about the game on his official twitter page.

A loose translation of his comments reads: "The Villa vs. West Ham match is really exciting – Ashley Young is having a blinder.”

The 25-year-old England winger earned praise for his second-half performance against Hungary in midweek, and carried that fine form on for his side as they gave Avram Grant's side a lesson at Villa Park.

Former Villa boss Martin O'Neill once compared young to the mercurial Argentine, and now the former Watford star has got the seal of approval from the World Footballer of the Year himself.

Continuing the Argentine connection, legendary player Diego Maradona has been linked with the vacant managerial position in the Midlands after leaving his national team manager post following the World Cup.

Maradona's representative revealed that he'd be interested in managing in the Premier League and Villa would be an option. It seems unlikely that Randy Lerner would turn to a maverick like Maradona however, with caretaker Kevin MacDonald doing himself no harm in the battle for the coveted position.

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