Ferguson critical of Young 'dive'

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Ashley Young is in danger of earning a reputation after the controversial fashion in which he won a penalty against Aston Villa.

Young went to ground under the faintest of challenges from Villa midfielder Ciaran Clark, the second time in consecutive weeks he's earned a spot-kick for United following his theatrics against Queens Park Rangers last weekend, which saw Shaun Derry dismissed.

With two incidents of a similar nature occurring just a week apart, Ferguson admits Young could earn an unwanted name in English football.

"In the last week or two, yes. I’ve never seen that in him. It’s not a habitual thing in him. He was brought down, he just made the most of it," said Ferguson.

"It was a dramatic fall. He overdid the fall but it’s a penalty, there’s no doubt about that and I don’t think they can have any complaint because he has taken him. If a player decides to put his foot in and he's definitely taken him down then he's fallen in to that.

"Good defending has always been good defending - if they read the game and keep their feet in they should really cope with that."

Last weekend, Derry's brief contact with Young sent the England winger sprawling to the floor, earning United a spot-kick, and the QPR captain a straight red card.

Derry suffered further heartache when an appeal was upheld by The Football Association, to the disbelief of Derry.

“When I was in the box with Ashley Young, although I felt a coming together, I never really felt in danger of giving a foul," he said.

"I thought it was a foregone conclusion that it was just going to be overturned and I was going to be available. Everyone assumed it would be. I was low anyway having been sent off but to miss out for the next game was just ridiculous really."

Despite a dominant performance from the reigning champions, Young's tumble overshadowed their return to winning ways after the mid-week defeat to Wigan Athletic.

United lead neighbors Manchester City by five points going into the weekend's fixtures, against Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.

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