Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Young hopes to have last laugh

Ashley Young

Manchester United's unsuspecting players have been warned. Sir Alex Ferguson has signed another joker in the pack in the form of Ashley Young.

Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney are the leading dressing room pranksters following the retirement of Paul Scholes. Young knows both men from their time together with England, and the winger is confident he will hold his own once he gets used to his new surroundings.

"I am pretty lively and quite loud," Young told Inside United. "When you come to a new club it takes a little while for you to work out how things are but I am a bit of a joker around the dressing room."

Ferguson will hope Young reserves his tricks for Wembley on Sunday given he is likely to make his competitive debut in the Community Shield showdown with Manchester City.

It is an immediate introduction to life at the highest level for Young, who first became away of United's interest in January and despite competing offers from Liverpool amongst others, never had any doubt Old Trafford was where he would end up.

"At the time, we were in a bit of a sticky situation at Villa and in a battle to stay up so the clubs said they would talk again during the summer and see where things were," said Young. "There were other clubs interested but as soon as I heard about United, I just wanted to sign. I knew it was the right club."

His preferred choice of career path was reinforced by Ferdinand and Rooney while they were away with England.

For a player who has never lacked confidence in his own ability to make an impact at the highest level, the words merely confirmed what he already felt and assured completion of Young's transition from Watford.

"I did speak with them," he said of those international chats. When you are away with England, you always talk about life at your club. Everything I heard about United was fantastic. The lads told me how much I would enjoy playing here.

"I have always had confidence in myself and believed I could play at the highest level. Some people said I couldn't, but they also said I couldn't play for England so that didn't bother me."

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