Fall and decline

Young making a meal of some challenges, says Wilkins

Last Updated: 16/04/12 11:41am

Young was also accused of diving against QPR

Ray Wilkins fears Ashley Young is gaining a reputation for going to ground far too easily following the winger's part in Manchester United's opening goal against Aston Villa.

"If you are fouled, you are fouled - it's as simple as that - but Young is starting to make a bit of a meal of these things."

Ray Wilkins

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Villa's Ciaran Clark was adjudged to have tripped Young in the box - and Wayne Rooney scored the resulting penalty - although replays implied contact was minimal and after seeing his side win 4-0, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that Young's fall was over-dramatic.

The incident came just days after QPR's Shaun Derry was sent off after it appeared he had brought down Young in the area.

Reflecting on the latest controversial incident involving Young, Sky Sports expert Ray Wilkins said he's worried that the United player is leaving himself open to criticism.

"I think it is a penalty in the context of modern day football," said Wilkins. "He's standing right there, [referee Mark] Halsey; he sees it but Ashley does make a big, big meal of it and he did this during the week against Queen's Park Rangers.

"If you are fouled, you are fouled - it's as simple as that - but he is starting to make a bit of a meal of these things.

"There was contact there but I don't know if Ashley fouled Clark - but he certainly goes looking for Clark with his left leg.

"From Mark Halsey's point of view there is contact with the right foot - that's why he gives the penalty. I don't know if it's Ashley on Ciaran Clark or Ciaran Clark on Ashley."


Victory increased United's lead over Manchester City in the title race to five points, prompting Ferguson to praise his players for their reaction to losing at Wigan in midweek.

United's next test comes at home against Everton, before they face their nearest title challenges at the Etihad Stadium. Games against Swansea and Sunderland complete their season.

Meanwhile, City play Wolves on Sunday at Molineux and, after facing United, travel to Newcastle before ending their campaign with a home game against QPR.

Sky Sports expert and former United striker Dwight Yorke believes that his old team will be able to hold their nerve and secure the title.

"Swansea are playing fantastically well, Sunderland we know is a fight but those are games that United are capable of winning so they are in a very, very strong position and it was important that they got back to winning ways and showed the qualities of why they are champions," said Yorke.

Wilkins added: "Also, you've got Manchester City having to go to Newcastle who are still within this situation with the Champions League, so that could be an extremely difficult game for them."