Young ready to fight for place

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New Manchester United signing Ashley Young is fully prepared for the challenge of breaking into a team which won a record 19th league title last season.

However, it was not a vintage year for the Red Devils, they still finished nine points clear of Chelsea to lift their record title.

Although the retirement of Paul Scholes and the release of the injury-plagued Owen Hargreaves has freed up some space in midfield Young knows he will still have to fight for a starting berth as he competes with the likes of Antonio Valencia, Nani and Park Ji-sung. "There's a lot of competition for places at the club," he told MUTV.

"If you are in the team there is always going to be someone biting away at your heels trying to get in. I'm going to be coming in looking to establish myself in the team. I know it is going to be a challenge, but I'm up for that challenge.

"It is a fantastic team. The club always produces fantastic players. They have that winning mentality. I hope to be a part of that this season. I can't wait to get started."

The England international, 26 next month, agreed a five-year deal on Thursday reportedly worth anything between £16million and £20million. He immediately set his sights on helping United win a 20th title next season as he realises a boyhood dream.

"To come and play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, it is an opportunity that I couldn't turn down, to play with such great players that play for this club and to hopefully become part of the history of winning the 20th title," he added.

"As a child I always wanted to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world and I've got that opportunity now. I've just got to take it with two hands. I'm really excited about playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. I just want to get out there and start training now."

Young became United's second signing of the summer, following Blackburn's England Under-21 international Phil Jones after he was signed for £16.5million almost a fortnight ago. The forward scored 39 goals in 193 appearances with Aston Villa but, significantly, in the past five Barclays Premier League seasons only Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has provided more assists.

More arrivals are expected in the coming weeks with Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea likely to fill the void left by Edwin van der Sar's departure, while manager Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to add some more creativity to his midfield and has been linked with Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

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