Ashley Young: Rooney and I can destroy Europe.
ASHLEY YOUNG believes he and Wayne Rooney can terrorise Europe for club and country. The pair are in sensational form, scoring four out of England’s six goals in their last three internationals. And they are doing even better for United with seven goals in the first three league games this term, Rooney bagging five and Young two. Now United’s new-boy is hoping it is just the beginning of a brilliant partnership that will drive both sides to Euro glory next summer.
Young, 26 , said: “You can build up relationships at a club and with the way Wayne’s started and the way the club has started we’ve done really well already. “So I’m delighted with the way things have begun. OK, we’re only three games in and there is a long season ahead. “But things have started great and hopefully we can continue to build on that and keep winning. “And if we can continue that partnership at Man United, I’m sure it will bode well for England, too.” Young says his ‘instant’ connection with Rooney and the rest of the England stars at United is because of their past experience together with the Three Lions. And he believes that, now they are all training alongside each other every day, the understanding will only get even better. Young explained: “You get to know them at England, their style of play, and as soon as I went to United I felt right at home. So it was actually easy to settle in. I said from the time that I joined I just wanted to get into training and I’ve been welcomed with open arms by the boys. “They’ve all had the experience of playing at Old Trafford for many years and any advice from the older players, I’ll definitely take that.” It’s no wonder Young can’t stop smiling — he’s a man living the dream.
Now at one of most famous football clubs in the world and about to fulfil another lifetime ambition next week — the Champions League. And although he has settled in seamlessly, he also admits he is in awe of what being at Manchester United really means. The former Aston Villa star added: “It’s the world’s biggest club, look at the history of the club. When I heard of their interest, it was a no-brainer for me that I was going to go there. “I just wanted to sign straight away and get involved in the team. “They won the 19 th league title last season and hopefully it will be the 20 th this season. “To be playing the biggest competitions, going for league honours, playing in the Champions League, it is everything, every boy’s dream. You want to play in the biggest competitions and I’ve got the confidence in myself to play in those competitions. “Especially the Champions League. Of course that is exciting and it’s another dream. As a youngster you want to play in the biggest competitions and the Champions League is one of them. “For me now, I’ve got that opportunity. Up to now I’ve just seen a few of the European games.
“Everybody talks about the music, it’s always the music. “I’m definitely looking forward to hearing that and, hopefully, we’ll get off to a great start.” Everywhere he looks at the moment Young sees good times and great opportunities. And as well as looking forward expectantly to the challenge with United he was also revelling in Fabio Capello’s new-look England. Young said: ” Everyone in the squad now has a lot of confidence and the manager has said he will pick players with confidence. “And it shows whether you’re old or young you will get your chance. “When you do, you have to take it with two hands and I’m doing that. I’m trying to cement myself in the team. “I’ve set out my stall to be in the starting 11 and in the last two games I’ ve done that, so I’ve got to continue to play well for Man United and build on the confidence that I’ve started with so far this season. “Hopefully I’ll be starting again against Montenegro next month. “And as long as I’m in the team I’m happy – whether it be left, right or in the middle up front.
“I’ve got confidence in myself to play in any position.” So Europe, you have been warned..