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Warnock: Young will be warmly welcomed back

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Warnock: Young will be warmly welcomed back

By Paul Brown

Stephen Warnock believes Ashley Young will receive a warm welcome when he returns to Villa Park on Saturday because of his wholehearted approach to life in claret and blue.

Warnock thinks Young will go down as a modern-day great for Villa due to the commitment and endeavour he displayed whenever he took to the pitch.

He said: "I wouldn't expect anything less than a good reception for Ashley from our fans. He was a great servant to the club.

"It's not often the Premier League champions and the Champions League runners-up come calling and knocking on the door for you.

"Obviously we're a club who want to progress but Manchester United as a team are at the top and Ashley has aspirations to be a top, top player and he has that ability to be one of the best in Europe. I don't think fans can begrudge him that.

"Every time he pulled on a shirt for Villa he was fantastic and put in 110%. As a fan, that's all you can ask from the players who play for you.

"I think he will go down as a modern-day great for Villa. He was great to have about the place.

"And I enjoyed having him in front of me. I had him playing in front of me for a few years. I used to just give him the ball and then watch him. I was fortunate to play with him and watch what he could do with the ball."

Warnock is relishing a battle with wing wonder Nani when the Red Devils arrive at Villa Park on Saturday.

The Portuguese playmaker has wowed this term and our reliable left-back can't wait for the challenge.

He thinks that an increase in live TV coverage has been a big aid in assessing opponents before big matches.

He added: "The thing about playing against Nani and Ashley is you can watch them whenever you want because Manchester United are always on television.

"You can watch them all the time and realise what type of players they are and what they can do.

"You're doing homework every time you watch a game, checking it out and seeing what a player does, seeing things they do differently in different games.

"The difficult thing, of course, with the likes of Nani and Ashley is their unpredictably and dealing with that. They can go inside and they can go outside. They can play with both feet. They are both fantastic footballers.

"You really need to be on your game. It's an easy thing to say you have to be on top of your game but you have to hope they have a bit of an off day aswell.

"It's important to get a slice of luck from time to time too - sometimes a ricochet falling to you rather than falling to them.

"Myself and Alan, if selected, know it will be a tough challenge and we'll need to be on the top of our games to try and keep them quiet."

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By @AVFCOfficial 1st December 2011