Young promises Villa adventure
Saturday 12 December 2009
Luke Young believes Aston Villa's attacking midfield options means that they can adopt a positive approach when they attempt to end a 26-year period without a win against Manchester United at Old Trafford today.
Villa last triumphed away to United in 1983 and it is 14 seasons since they defeated Sir Alex Ferguson's team in a Premier League encounter – a 3-1 win at Villa Park in 1995.
But Young feels Villa's in-form players such as James Milner, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing can give them cause for optimism. The Villa full-back said: "You have Youngy, Downing and Milner all rotating at the moment, popping up here, there and everywhere. I don't think it would suit us to go anywhere and sit back with the attacking players that we've got.
"We are going there with as much confidence as we have had all season. Hopefully, we can go out there, play our own game and have a go at them. We won't go to Old Trafford and say, 'Right, for the first 15 to 20 minutes let's try to nullify this or that'."
Young is particularly keen for a Villa victory after being the player who was turned by Federico Macheda on his way to scoring a last-gasp winner in United's 3-2 victory at Old Trafford in April .
"Trust it to be one of those iconic goals that's going to be played over and over again," Young said. "It probably won them the League and there I am getting turned for it.
"It's one of those things. It was late in the game, and it won't be the last time I get turned for a goal; it's just part and parcel of being a defender. It was a hell of a match – we performed well but we still managed to lose."
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