Ashley Young must change his game - Thomas

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Former Manchester United winger Mickey Thomas has lamented Ashley Young for trying to win a penalty against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Red Devils ace was shown a yellow card for his extravagant dive in the first half of United's clash with the Eagles, in which he tried to win his side a penalty.

Young has since been heavily criticised for the way in which he fell to the ground, which has led to the 28-year-old being warned about his future on-field conduct by manager David Moyes.

And MUTV pundit Thomas believes Moyes was right to reprimand Young.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Thomas told the Hawksbee and Jacobs show: “When I first saw Dikgacoi’s first challenge on Ashley Young I thought it was a penalty.

“But then, when I saw the replay, there was clearly no contact, Young had made contact with the Crystal Palace defender.

“The referee was correct to give him a yellow card. He has a reputation for diving and that’s a stigma he doesn’t want. I had that label for a couple of years and it’s not nice, I can tell you.

“When you do get fouled, you don’t get free-kicks. He’s going to have to change the way he plays.”

Young received a ticking off by Sir Alex Ferguson for diving in April 2012, however it seems like the former Aston Villa winger has not taken the legendary manager's advice on board.

All eyes will be on Young tomorrow night when Manchester United entertain German side Bayer Leverkusen in the first game of their Champions League campaign.

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