Warnock: Young welcome at Villa Park

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Ashley Young will return to his former club on Saturday for the first time as a Manchester United player.

And his ex-Aston Villa teammate Stephen Warnock believes the winger will recieve a warm welcome for his commitment to the club before his big move to the Red Devils.

"I wouldn't expect anything less than a good reception for Ashley from our fans. He was a great servant to the club," said Warnock.

"It's not often the Premier League champions and the Champions League runners-up come calling and knocking on the door for you."

Warnock was full of praise for Young and believes the fans could not have asked for more from the ex-Watford winger.

"Ashley has aspirations to be a top, top player and he has that ability to be one of the best in Europe. I don't think fans can begrudge him that," said the full-back.

"Every time he pulled on a shirt for Villa he was fantastic and put in 110 per cent. As a fan, that's all you can ask from the players who play for you.

"And I enjoyed having him in front of me. I had him playing in front of me for a few years. I used to just give him the ball and then watch him. I was fortunate to play with him and watch what he could do with the ball."

Warnock knows Ashley Young is not the only winger to worry about though - he will be up against an in-form Nani on Saturday and he is relishing the challenge.

"With the likes of Nani and Ashley it's their unpredictably and dealing with that. They can go inside and they can go outside. They can play with both feet. They are both fantastic footballers.

"It will be a tough challenge and we'll need to be on the top of our game to try and keep them quiet," added Warnock.

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