Rio welcomes Young arrival as Ferguson continues summer rejig
Published 24/06/2011 | 05:00
"United are one of the greatest clubs in the world. For me, as soon as I got the call, I wanted to get things sorted, get the papers signed and get into training.
"United have that winning mentality and, as a player, I have always wanted to be the best I can be. To come to a club like this, you are always going to have challenges. I want to win titles and hopefully I can be part of that this time."
Young becomes Ferguson's second signing of the summer -- alongside the former Blackburn defender Phil Jones, purchased for €18.5m -- and can be expected to be joined at Old Trafford by David De Gea, the Atletico Madrid and Spain U-21 goalkeeper. The 20-year-old will cost around €20m.
With Ferguson also keen to add a midfielder to compensate for the loss of Paul Scholes -- Wesley Sneijder, Luka Modric and Samir Nasri are all thought to be under consideration -- this is likely to be the Scot's most thorough overhaul of his playing resources for 15 years.
The 69-year-old wishes to rejuvenate his ageing side, with one of his stalwarts, Rio Ferdinand, quick to recognise the characteristics Ferguson seems to have prioritised in welcoming Young to Old Trafford. Ferdinand wrote on Twitter: "Welcoming Ashley Young to Manchester United. Another top, hungry and young player joins the ranks."
Young's move to Old Trafford completes a stellar rise for the Stevenage-born forward. He was rejected from Watford's youth academy as a teenager but eventually managed to earn a contract at the club, making his debut in 2003.
He impressed in the opening six months of the club's solitary season in the Premier League before moving to Aston Villa for £9.75m in January 2007.
"Ashley has made a terrific contribution and everyone at the club wishes him the best," said Alex McLeish, the new Villa manager. (© Daily Telegraph, London)