New arrivals quickly understand winning mentality at Manchester United, says Ashley Young
United face a daunting trip to Liverpool this weekend
Friday 30 August 2013
Ashley Young does not believe it takes Manchester United newcomers long to adopt the winning mentality that has carried the club to so many honours down the years.
Young got his hands on a first Premier League winners' medal last term, two years after his £17million move from Aston Villa.
Now new manager David Moyes is starting down the same path, which takes him back to Merseyside on Sunday for a meeting with old rivals Liverpool.
"When you come to a place like Manchester United, you want success," said Young.
"You look at the trophy cabinet and the history. You want a piece of that.
"Everybody is a winner here. You see that in training. No-one wants to lose.
"If you have that in training you take it onto the pitch. We want to retain the title that we won last season."
Press Association Sport understands Leighton Baines has told Everton of his wish to join United, although with Everton presently unmoved about the prospect of selling the 28-year-old, it remains to be seen whether he gets his wish.
Baines' former manager Moyes is on a steep learning curve, as evidenced by the demand for victory on a ground where he did not win once in 12 attempts during his time at Everton.
The Scot's presence is sure to attract plenty of attention from the home fans, already buoyed by successive victories over Stoke and Aston Villa.
Not that Young sees how the atmosphere could be more intense than normal.
"I don't think there has ever been a time when Manchester United have gone there and Liverpool haven't been up for it," said the 28-year-old
"You know what the rivalry is like between the two clubs. It will be a fiery atmosphere.
"But you want to play in the fiery games. It is what you dreamt about as a boy.
"We know what to expect. We will keep a cool head, let the fans have their rivalry and try to do our jobs in the right way."
The fixture will provide some welcome relief from the transfer talk that has surrounded Old Trafford for most of the summer.
Discussion over Wayne Rooney has finally started to ease and Samuel Eto'o's arrival at Chelsea now looks certain to result in the England man remaining where he is.
For Baines and Marouane Fellaini though, the uncertainty goes on.
United manager David Moyes has never made any secret of his desire to be reunited with the pair, whom he knows so well from his own Everton days.
There has been a feeling Fellaini's services could be secured more easily than those of Baines, although United have indicated there would be no wish to split the bid, giving credence to rumours that another had been lodged this week.
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