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Ashley Young admits diving reputation

December 11, 2013
By ESPN staff

Manchester United winger Ashley Young has said he is aware of earning a reputation as a serial diver.

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However, the 28-year-old believes the ultimate decision on what constitutes simulation rests with the match officials.

Young has come in for criticism for going to ground easily during his time at Old Trafford, with former manager Alex Ferguson and current boss David Moyes both acknowledging the issue.

The England winger accepted he had attracted criticism for high-profile incidents against Crystal Palace and Real Sociedad. On both occasions, United were awarded a penalty after he was felled in the area.

But despite admitting he has been spoken to about his antics, Young maintains that more scrutiny should be on referees making the right decision.

"Of course I understand what you're saying and everyone is going to have their say on it, but I've spoken to the previous manager and current manager, the referees are giving decisions and that is where I think it lies," Young told the Guardian.

"It's been talked about [to me] but that's in-house. I'm not going to comment on what's been said.

"I think it's one to ask the referees -- they're the ones who are giving free kicks and penalties. I remember getting booked against Palace and then won a penalty. Against Real 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 the media to debate and 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."

Meanwhile, Young, who has made 10 appearances for the club this season, said he is still harbouring the hope of being called up to Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad, but knows he must become a permanent fixture for the Red Devils before he can book his ticket to Brazil.

"You always want to play in the biggest tournaments, whether that's at club level or international level," said Young. "So of course I want to be on that plane.

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

"Every player in the squad wants to play and I'm no different to that but it's up to the manager, so I've just got to keep doing the things that are right in training and take my chances when I'm given them -- we'll have to see if the manager picks me again."

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