'Ashley Young is an absolute disgrace' - Roy Keane on Manchester United winger's diving antics
By Manchester correspondent Tony Hughes
Roy Keane has slammed Ashley Young an “absolute disgrace” for his diving antics in Manchester United’s victory over CSKA Moscow.
The United legend was incensed by Young’s conduct as the England international stretched his leg towards defender Georgi Shchennikov and went to ground in a bid to win a penalty during Tuesday’s Champions League clash.
“If Ashley Young is a Man United player, I’m a Chinaman,” Keane told ITV Sport. “He is an absolute disgrace. The senior players need to get hold of him. That shouldn’t be accepted at Manchester United.
“That’s not leaving your leg in. That’s different. It’s the somersault he does, it’s an absolute disgrace.
‘”Maybe once or twice can be seen as a mistake. But he’s done it nine or 10 times and he’s done it at his previous clubs.”
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Keane’s former Old Trafford team-mate Paul Scholes was also critical of Young’s theatrics.
“Ashley needs to stop doing this,” Scholes told BT Sport. “He knows that himself, but it’s just a habit and he can’t get rid of it.
“It’s so obvious and he just needs to get this out of his game. It is embarrassing and Ashley knows it.
“He’s a really good player and he doesn’t need to resort to those tactics, but I just think it’s ingrained in him.”
Young, who has had only a bit-part role at United this season after signing a new three-year contract in the summer, played the full 90 minutes against CSKA on Tuesday.
United’s 1-0 victory moved Louis van Gaal’s side to the top of the Group B table, with seven points from four fixtures.