Ashley Young looks set to leave Manchester United after reportedly turning down a new deal with the club to pursue a career in Italy with Inter Milan, and it's about time he got the credit he deserves.
Back in July 2011, Young was a winger and not a full-back, a fully fledged England international, and a 25-year-old about to get his dream move to the champions of England. The former Watford star became one of the Premier League's brightest young talents with Aston Villa, and by the time United signed him for just £17m, his name was already well established.
Sir Alex Ferguson made a very healthy habit of signing bright, young, English talent and turning them into not just champions, but elite players. Young was no different. As he joined the ranks at United, he was instantly thrown into an astonishingly competitive title race, and although the Red Devils came up short, the winger provided 11 assists and bagged six goals that year, proving to be a steal for his cheap price tag.
One more year under Ferguson would see him lift the league title, before he began to play more of a sporadic role under David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal. However, with the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Young would entirely change his game and end up becoming vital for both club and country, six years after signing.
Now, after nine seasons of service, the 34-year-old has shown to be a memorable, vital signing United.