Ashley Young is determined to prove wrong the critics who questioned whether he is good enough to play at the very top, as he looks forward to a new chapter in his career with Manchester United.
The 26-year-old England international winger has settled in quickly at his new club following his £16 million switch from Aston Villa, and can't wait to get going at Old Trafford in 2011-12.
"I've always had confidence in myself and believed that I could play at the highest level," Young said in an exclusive interview with Inside United. "Some people said I couldn't, but they also said I couldn't play for England.
"That doesn't bother me, though – I've got confidence in myself to know that I can do it."
Speculation of United's interest in Young first arose in the January transfer window, but with Villa struggling at the wrong end of the table, they were understandably keen to keep hold of their prized asset.
However, Young explains that once he knew of Sir Alex Ferguson's interest in bringing him to Old Trafford, he didn't have to think twice about his next move.
"At the time we were in a bit of a sticky situation at Villa and in a battle to stay up," he continued. "So the clubs said they'd talk again in the summer and see where things were at.
"There were other clubs interested but as soon as I heard about the interest from United I just wanted to get here and sign. I knew it was the right club."
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