Well, looks like United have made their third signing of the summer in Ashley Young after he agreed personal terms prior to going on holiday. I personally didn’t think that United had any desperate need to sign a winger with Park/Valencia/Nani all playing pivotal roles last season at different points in the season. Ferguson has obviously seen the need to sign another one and with Ashley winger scoring 38 goals and 60 assists in his past 4 seasons at Aston Villa, he has had the sort of consistency that the top level players require in the Premier League. I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect us to be buying a winger before we sorted out our deficiencies in the centre of midfield but undermining the actions of SAF is not something I am going to be starting now!
On the positive side, it is another move in the transfer window that stamps the authority of United. In traditional fashion we look to be wrapping up our business early in the summer so that the team can all go on the pre-season tour together, giving the new signings time to settle better in the team. Whilst Arsenal and Chelsea are dilly-dallying around with names and rumours, United are quickly filling the holes left behind by the imperious Scholes, Neville and VDS. It is also nice to see United spending money after fans became frustrated with the lack of purchases following the sale of Ronaldo for £80 million, as the Glazers seem to be willingly putting the cash up for purchases. Some people, including myself, may sniff at the signing of Ashley Young but one has to remember the inflation of the market and the ability to get a world class winger without having to spend at least £30 million. Young is proven in the Premier League and brings an option to the choice of wingers at United and the fact that he is a set piece specialist is something I am happy about, considering we have never replaced the set piece capabilities of Ronaldo. All things considered, this could prove to be another great signing and I would like to welcome Young to the squad. Bring on next season.