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Young wraps up switch to Old Trafford and sets sights on 20th title

SOCCER

Rory Smith

Published 24/06/2011 | 05:00

Ashley Young has set his sights on helping Manchester United win a 20th league championship after signing a five-year, £120,000-a-week contract to complete his £16m transfer to Old Trafford.

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The Premier League champions had agreed a fee with Aston Villa and personal terms with the player before he departed on holiday to Las Vegas earlier this month and a club statement yesterday afternoon confirmed Young had passed a medical held at Manchester's Bridgewater Hospital on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old England international will join up with his new team-mates when United return to pre-season training on July 4 and admitted that he could not wait to begin his first campaign at "one of the greatest clubs in the world" as he attempts to make history under the guidance of Alex Ferguson.

"It is surreal, but I am delighted to be here," Young said. "I am going to miss Villa, the fans, the manager and the staff, but to have the chance to come and play for one of the biggest clubs in the world is one that I could not turn down.

"To come here and play with such great players and have the chance to be part of a team that hopefully wins the 20th title would be amazing. The prospect of playing for one of the truly great clubs was one that I always looked at as a child and now that I am here I have to take the opportunity with both hands.

"You do get a buzz inside (when told United have made a bid). You get a great feeling that one of the greatest managers in the world wants to sign you."

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