Manchester United have been getting into the festive spirit with a Christmas challenge at their training ground. Ashley Young, Anderson and Kiko Macheda took part in the challenge. They went up against former players Quinton Fortune, David May and Mickey Thomas, as well as a team comprising head of fitness and conditioning Tony Strudwick, fitness [.
Ashley Young has admitted that he's well aware of having matured a reputation for diving but, while he understands the criticism, he has no intention to apologise for the controversial incidents that have seen him thrust under the spotlight this season.
The United winger came under intense scrutiny earlier this season as he was booked for diving against Crystal Palace, before subsequently winning an extremely soft penalty asKagisho Dikgacoi, while another of Young's theatrical tumbles earned United an extremely dubious penalty kick away at Real Sociedad.
Much of the frustration and analysis of casual observers regarding Manchester United's dip in form this season has been around new manager David Moyes. But the analysis has failed to recognize the slip in competitive position in the transfer market inflicted by the club's American owners.
The Red Devils commercial revenues worldwide are roughly similar to Barcelona or Bayern Munich, but both of those clubs have twice or three times the spending power of United currently.
Nani has spoken out in favour of David Moyes, claiming he's received a much-needed confidence boost since the Scotsman replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in July.
Timely though the confidence boost might have been, United are still to reap the benefits, with Nani starting only five Premier League games this season and, much like fellow wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, failing to impress this season.
Manchester United are no longer mid-table, we're no longer enduring the worst start in our Premier League history, we're very much still in the title race. All of which leaves one important question: who are we going to demonise this week? It can't be David Moyes, after all we're winning, it can't be Nani or Danny Welbeck, they haven't been playing.
In recent seasons Ashley Young has gained a bit of a reputation as something of a diver. This began at Aston Villa and has gained increased attention since he joined Manchester United, partly because of the club's profile and particularly because he was criticised by David Moyes after his plunge against Crystal Palace earlier this season.
This is one of many posters denouncing that terrible act that is too often encountered in football, diving. Here, Ashley Young, a player for Manchester United is shown in a parody of Bruce Willis's Die Hard in Dive Hard 2. Iain Mcintosh of ESPN Soccernet addressed the prevalence of diving in soccer today with this great piece.
Manchester United's Ashley Young Dives Into Familiar Storm - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United's 0-0 Champions League stalemate with Real Sociedad on Tuesday heralded a few unpleasantfirsts for the club. It was midfielder Fellaini's first red card for the Red Devils, and it was also Robin van Persie's first penalty spot miss this season.
David Moyes has refused to criticise Ashley Young after the United winger appeared yet again to dive in order to win a penalty last night against Real Sociedad, as United squandered three good opportunities to take a decisive step towards qualification in Group A.
In his latest attempt to usurp Tom Daley's spot in Britain's diving team, Young went to ground with customary ease five minutes after coming a substitute, when Sociedad defender Markel Bergara appeared to slightly pull his shirt after Young had played a quick one-two with Shinji Kagawa just inside the box.
David Moyes and his Manchester United side were unable to score on the road against Spanish side Real Sociedad on Tuesday evening. Though the English side did have chances, the match resulted in a 0-0 draw, which saw both sides earn a point.
Chicharito Hernandez really should have scored after Shinji Kagawa played him in at the back post early in the second half, and Robin van Persie had the chance to put the Red Devils ahead in the 70th minute after Ashley Young earned his side a penalty.
Oops, he did it again. Manchester United's Ashley Young blatantly dove on Tuesday evening in Spain as the Red Devils took on Real Sociedad in the Champions League. In the 69th minute of play, Young looked to receive the ball back after a quick one-two in the box around the Sociedad defense but never quite made it to the ball.
Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic had been linked with moves to either Manchester United and Tottenham this summer and his potential change was fueled more heavily by the recruitment of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente to the Turin side.
However, he remained with the Italian champions despite fears that he could lose his place in the first team in hopes that he could earn his keep.
England manager Roy Hodgson says he hasn't dropped Ashley Young the Manchester United winger has merely fallen out of his squad. Young has been under fierce criticism from inside and outside Old Trafford for his recent performances for David Moyes' side, and Hodgson appears to subscribe to that view.
Manchester City thrashed rivals Manchester United at the Ethiad Stadium.
David Moyes made two changes to the side that defeated Bayer Leverkusen midweek. Danny Welbeck led the line in a 4-4-1-1 with Wayne Rooney positioned behind him. Ashley Young was also included in the starting eleven, pushing Shinji Kagawa to the bench.
In news that will surprise nobody, given the club's ever-growing reputation for handling contracts issues with the same composure and efficiency of a man desperately needing the toilet while stuck underground on the Tube, Manchester United face losing Adnan Januzaj to Manchester City.
The Belgian was the latest academy product to make the step up to first team when he made his debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday, as he enjoyed an impressive 30-minute cameo after replacing Ashley Young.
After Ashley Young was booked for a blatant attempt at simulation during Manchester United's 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, manager David Moyes made his position on diving very clear. "I've always said I don't like diving," Moyes said. "Ash has put his leg into the lad's leg. The boy definitely puts his leg out and, rightly so, he deserved to get booked.
Former Premier League referee Graham Poll has called for the Premier League to ban Manchester United's Ashley Young for five matches after diving against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The English winger picked up a yellow card for a first half dive against the Eagles as he stretched his leg out to clatter into an Eagles defender inside the box before clamoring for a penalty.
Retired referee Graham Poll has slammed Manchester United winger Ashley Young as a cheat who should be banned for five matches. Poll's comments come in the wake of another diving storm circulating serial offender Young who took an ill advised plunge during Manchester United's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Fair play to Man Utd boss David Moyes, who said that Ashley Young deserved a booking after this horrendous dive at Old Trafford on Saturday. Young is a serial diving offender but hopefully Moyes can knock some sense into the winger. At least Young is filling the gap left by Gareth Bale and, indeed, Luis Suarez.
David Moyes has stated he'll have a word with Ashley Young after the United winger's embarrassing behaviour saw him getting booked for simulation against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Young, who has developed a reputation for tumbling to the ground rather too willingly and rather too often, brought his personal pantomime to a whole new level against Palace as he stuck out his leg to make sure it made contact withKagisho Dikgacoi's shin, before theatrically and pathetically tumbling to the ground.
With Sir Alex Ferguson in the stands and Ashley Young diving to the ground, Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Old Trafford. Robin van Persie scored the first goal from the penalty spot just before halftime and Wayne Rooney sealed it with his first of the season.
Wearing a protective headband over his healing head gash, Rooney curled a free kick just out of reach of Palace keeper Julian Speroni in the 81st minute.
Manchester United head to Anfield on Sunday to face off against Liverpool, and United midfielder Ashley Young predicts an intense atmosphere at the stadium. Both clubs are off to a good start this season with Liverpool recording two wins and not conceding a goal in the Premier League while United defeated Swansea City 4-1 and drew title hopefuls Chelsea 0-0 at Old Trafford.
Ashley Young is targeting an injury-free season as he looks to recapture the impressive form of his first campaign with Manchester United. Young made a bright start to life at Old Trafford following his move from Aston Villa in 2011, but his second season in Manchester was blighted by injuries. He had been out of competitive action since the Manchester derby in April.
Crystal ball gazing: Premier League 2013-14 predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
With the brand new Barclays Premier League season about to kick off in less than a weeks' time, let us pull the curtain of a crazy and silly season, by doing something silly of course. And what's sillier than keeping our eyes fixed, gazing at crystal balls – Ah, football without conjecture is simply meaningless.
The England squad for the upcoming friendly against Scotland at Wembley on August 14th has just been announced and the big news is that Southampton man Rickie Lambert has been given the nod by Roy Hodgson after the 31-year-old striker scored 15 goals for the Saints in his first tilt at Premier League football last season.
Three key issues David Moyes must solve immediately - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Premier League champions Manchester United might have won the Premiership last season at a canter but there's a lot of work still needs to be done in order to roll their juggernaut for new manager David Moyes before the transfer window slams shut.
Manchester United winger Ashley Young has claimed that he welcomes the competition set forth by Wilfried Zaha, and thinks that he and the club will only benefit from more competition for appearances.Zaha stated earlier in the week that he had no intention of going out on loan, and wanted to compete for playing time with United.
As the Moyes regime begins to take shape, it is a time for United fans to reminisce and remember the good times. Now, we all know the title race isn't over and a new manager needs time to settle, but the retirement of Fergie himself was the final stage of the clubs transition; one that has seen the club regress.
It's the cup no one cares about, and the trophy nobody dreams to win at the start of the season. It's also the tournament in which, until a few years ago, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic would have been rested, rather than summoned for a mundane fourth round. It might also be the trophy that provides David Moyes with a much-needed confidence boost.
1. West Brom was a must win and we lost it. "Must win" doesn't really do justice to just how important it was to beat Sunderland yesterday. Having gone a goal down so early on, you had to fear that things were about to go from bad to worse for United. Sunderland, the worst performing team in the Premier League this season, were all over us in the first half, massively raising their game, but we were unable to counteract that.
United: David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidić (c), Patrice Evra, Nani, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck. United substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Phil Jones, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Park Ji-Sung, Tom Cleverley and Dimitar Berbatov.
City: Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany (c), Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nigel de Jong, James Milner, Yaya Touré, David Silva, Mario Balotelli and Edin Džeko.
Speaking in Japan, Chris Smalling revealed how much of a star Shinji Kagawa is in his own country.
"Shinji's a massive icon in Japan," he told the official site. "Me and Ashley Young picked him up on the way over to an event on Monday morning and as soon as we got out of the car with him we were mobbed.
At this point, most top flight footballers would've figured out close your ears, Ashley Young they can't get away with horrible dives because there's a camera covering every inch of the big stadiums but for the restrooms. Even then, one gets the feeling there's a pervert or two among club owners. At the lower level, however, one might be able to get with it.
Play-acting, simulation, or diving is usually frowned upon in England. Even top-quality internationals like Gareth Bale and Ashley Young have been criticised for simulation, but the same does not apply in mainland Europe and indeed in many parts of the world. This is certainly different in Spain, although the reaction to it certainly appears to be changing.
On the weekend that former Premier League referee Mark Halsey revealed he and other top referees were on "texting terms" with Sir Alex Ferguson, Crystal Palace were the latest club to suffer at the hands of a dodgy decision at Old Trafford.
Ferguson himself happened to be caught laughing in the stands by the BT Sports cameras as a player he signed, diving specialist Ashley Young, rolled out familiarly dastardly moves from the Red Devils' playbook.
I have to say it was not my intention of writing a review of today's match but seeing as Dan is on vacation, I guess it is important that somebody does fill in and offer a take on what happened, so here goes nothing.
I have to start off by saying that things looked ominous and very suspect before the kickoff.