Young unrepentant over 'diving'

Ashley Young remains unapologetic in the face of accusations of diving and has claimed it is up to referees to deal with him.

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Ashley Young: Say the onus is on the referees

Ashley Young: Say the onus is on the referees

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The Manchester United winger revealed both Sir Alex Ferguson and his successor David Moyes have had words with him about his frequent tumbles in the penalty area, but he does not seem ready to change his ways.

"It's been talked about by the previous manager and the current manager, but that's in-house," Young said in several newspapers.

"I'm not going to comment on what's been said. I understand what you're saying (about gaining a reputation) and everyone is going to have their say on it, but the referees are giving decisions and that is where I think it lies."

Young was booked for simulation against Crystal Palace this season but then won a controversial penalty later in the same game, while he also appeared to go over easily in the Champions League match away to Real Sociedad.

The 28-year-old incensed fans of his former club last season when he went down against Aston Villa, United's opponents on Sunday.

"I remember getting booked against Palace and then won a penalty," he said. "Against Sociedad it was another penalty that was given. Referees have got tough decisions to make, they have a tough time out there making decisions, but they have made the right decisions I think.

"I don't take notice of the headlines or the debates. That's obviously for people to have their say on it, and everyone is entitled to have their say on it. For me, the referees have made decisions and that's it."

Young has struggled to hold down a place in Moyes' side this season, and has been singled out by a section of United's fans for criticism, leaving his World Cup hopes in the balance.

"Obviously it's been disappointing I've not been involved as much as I'd have liked," he added. "Right now, I'm not thinking about the World Cup, I'm thinking about playing for United.

"You always want to play in the biggest tournaments, so of course I want to be on that plane but I don't think there's a player who has been involved in the squad that doesn't."

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