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Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: No old pals act as Walker pledges to stop Young

Kyle Walker will put his close friendship with Manchester United's Ashley Young to one side tonight when he tries to stop the England winger's stellar rise at Old Trafford.

Young and Walker developed a close bond when they played together at Aston Villa, with Walker's support from full-back helping Young put in the kind of performances that caused Manchester United to pay between £16m and £18m for his signature in June.

Walker's time at Aston Villa has also paid dividends for him. The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at the midlands club, where his impressive displays helped him become a regular member of the England squad.

Now back at Spurs, Walker is battling with Vedran Corluka to become Harry Redknapp's first-choice right-back, and he seems to be ahead of the Croatian after starting against Hearts on Thursday in the Europa League.

Walker has tipped Young to become a star with Sir Alex Ferguson's side, but will do everything he can to shackle the winger when the two come face to face at Old Trafford.

“It didn't surprise me when he moved to Man Utd. You can see from what he did last year at Villa that he is a quality player,” Walker said.

“All the best to him. I'm actually glad he got the move.

“We get on really well, me and Ash. We had a good understanding at Villa. We still talk off the pitch, which is nice, but I'll just treat it as a normal game and I'll look forward to coming up against him.”

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