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Young: United move was 'no-brainer'


Ashley Young

Ashley Young

Ashley Young

Ashley Young has branded the decision to quit Aston Villa for Manchester United as a "no-brainer".

With his contract due to expire at the end of the coming season, it was always likely Young would be leaving Villa Park. Villa manager Alex McLeish knew it would be futile to even try by the time he was installed as Gerard Houllier's successor, while Liverpool were said to be in the hunt and it was claimed Young was interested.

However, the 26-year-old said: "There was never any doubt once I knew United were interested. When one of the biggest clubs in the world comes after you, whether to sign for them or not is a no-brainer."

He added: "I was delighted to hear about their interest. I just wanted to get my signature on the paper."

Ahead of England's Euro 2012 encounter with Switzerland in June, Young revealed the Champions League final had fuelled a long-held desire to be involved in European football's elite competition.

When the opening group stage encounters come around in September, it will represent a step into the unknown for Young, who began his career at Watford.

However, with 15 England caps to his name, Young has enough self-belief not to question whether he can be a success.

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"I have confidence in my own ability," he said. "I always said I wanted to play at the highest level. Manchester United is that.

"This move gives me the opportunity to play in the Champions League and go for a 20th title. That just says it all.

"The history of the club is fantastic and I am delighted to be part of it."

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