Monday, 16 September 2013


                           BLACK        SOCIAL           HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ashley Young is an attacking midfielder and winger of Manchester United F.C. He was born on 9 July 1985 in Stevenage, England.
Ashley began his youth career in the Watford academy, where he was a trainee and the youth team player.
In 2003 due to his successful performance and talent Ashley was offered to sign for the club. Young was glad to have the opportunity to play as a professional and he accepted the offer at once, signing a four-year contract. From the very first season, the club manager let Ashley make starts. During four years he became a regular who helped to bang in a number of important goals and to make his way through to the Premier League. Young made 98 appearances and scored 19 goals.
In 2007 there were serious changes in Ashley’s career. Aston Villa, the mid-class team of the Premier League, bought him for £9.75 million, which was the highest price in the history of the club. Young’s talent was really amazing and Martin O’Neill, the head coach, wanted to see the young footballer of such level in his squad. From 2007 till 2011 Ashley was the first team pivot. He took part in every match playing on the attack flanks for his club. During four years Ashley amassed 30 goals in 157 matches.
In 2011 Alex Ferguson expressed his intention to buy Ashley Young as the footballer was very talented and could diversify the attacking performance of the club. Manchester United paid £17 million for him and signed a long-term contract. From 2011, Ashley made 24 appearances for the club and contributed six goals.
From 2006 till 2007, Ashley took part in ten matches of the England national U-21 team and found the net one time. From 2007 Young has already made 25 appearances and fired six goals for the Three Lions.

Ashley Young's emergence as a major influence with Fabio Capello's England showed the livewire forward is made for the big stage.

Having unluckily missed out on the 2010 World Cup squad with Shaun Wright-Phillips getting the nod instead, his stock grew to such an extent that there was a minor outcry when he was only on the bench for June's Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland. As if to ram home his point, he scored a superb equaliser in the Wembley clash and picked up the man-of-the-match award for his 45 minutes' work.

By then, Sir Alex Ferguson's mind had been made up and a deal was announced with Aston Villa later in the month as the former Watford winger only had a year left on his contract with the Midlanders.

Young's career has been on a steadily upward curve after suffering the blow of being on the brink of being released as a youngster at Vicarage Road. He showed great courage and tenacity to force the Hornets to change their mind, and prove them hopelessly wrong, and became subject of a bidding war - eventually won by Villa in 2007.

The fee, rising to almost £10million, was declared far too steep by those supposedly in the know but it soon started looking like a bargain. Flourishing at Villa Park, he won the 2009 PFA Young Player of the Year award and was declared 'world class' by manager Martin O'Neill after one sensational performance against Everton.

After fulfilling his potential with Villa, a World Cup place seemed a certainty only for coach Capello to look elsewhere but the player's response - as to his early setback at Watford - shows he has character in abundance. Earning a more responsibility in a central attacking role, he racked up the assists and goals in his final campaign for the Midlanders and was one of the Premier League's most productive performers.

By signalling his desire to make the step up to Champions League football and deciding not to sign a new deal, it became obvious that he would move on with several top clubs keen on his signature. United pushed hard to land their target to hand him the bigger stage he craves.

The man who famously went to school with Lewis Hamilton in Stevenage is now firmly in football's fast lane.