Following the transfer of playmaker Jack Grealish from Aston Villa to Manchester City this summer, there have been questions raised about whether the club would be able to cope well without their talisman captain. Grealish sealed a dream move to the Etihad Stadium a few days ago and revealed that it was a move he could not refuse to turn down even though he was reportedly interested in moving to City’s neighboring rivals Manchester United. The England international midfielder’s departure will leave Villa short of a serious attacking threat and they are expected to miss him this coming season but Ashley Young Insists that they will try to cope without their now-then captain.
Young was re-signed by Aston Villa this summer from Inter Milan and followed a similar path Grealish has now followed as he left Villa Park to sign for Manchester United many years ago under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Since leaving Aston Villa, Young has played for Manchester United and Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan, the club he helped win the league title last season before sealing his return to boyhood club Villa.
Ashley Young says that it is a major worry to witness players being attacked by supporters and he has called for more protection to the players in the wake of the recent incident involving Jack Grealish of Aston Villa. The Aston Villa player was attacked by a Birmingham fan, who had invaded on the pitch. Manchester United’s Chris Smalling almost encountered a similar incident in the recent match at the Emirates Stadium when a supporter ran onto the pitch and confronted the defender. The pitch invasion was in the aftermath of Arsenal scoring the second goal from the penalty spot through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Even though the perpetrators in both incidents have been arrested and they are likely to face stadium bans, defender Ashley Young says that he is worried to see frequent incidents happen in this regard. He has called for more stewards on the sidelines so that pitch invasion can be prevented at the start. Young was subjected to a lot of abuse when he made the switch from Watford to Aston Villa several years ago. Even though those abuses have since been forgotten, such incidents will give a lot of fear within Young, who is looking to extend his stay at Manchester United beyond the current campaign.