Some would say that I am the senior member of the squad, while others would say that I am the grandad of the squad.

Young is the oldest player on the team.

He came off the bench in the 27th minute to replace the injured Matty Cash and kept Phil Foden quiet as Villa salvaged a point against Manchester City.

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Young's performance was described as "magnificent" by the Villa boss.

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It's nice for a player to hear the manager praise them.

"For me, as long as my team-mates, my family and the staff that are here give me positive feedback, that's all that matters to me."

Young has won five major honours in his 19-year career, including the premier league at Manchester United and the Italian league with Inter Milan.

After four and a half years at Villa Park, Young was given the role of club captain in July.


"I'm a leader, I'm ambitious, I'm determined, and I still want to achieve," he says.

The squad we've got here is young and they will ask questions and I'm always there to answer them.

I have been brought up with my feet on the ground and want to be the best person I can be.

I'm going to be setting the standard and treating people with respect and hopefully getting that respect as well.


Young signed a one-year contract with the club in July despite interest from other clubs, because of his character, reliability and experience.

Young says it was the easiest decision he's ever made. I know my feelings for the club. It should be back in Europe because of the size of the club and the ambition of the owners.

As soon as I heard the club wanted to offer me another year, I was like, where do I sign?

Young wanted to stay at Villa because he wanted to continue working for his former England team-mates.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard (left) and Ashley Young after the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. Picture date: Saturday September 3, 2022.
Image: Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard and Ashley Young played together for England

Young says that he was a major factor in that. He has the same ambition as a manager, and I played with him.

Young has worked for some of the biggest names in the business, including Sir Alex Ferguson at United, Louis van Gaal at United, and Jose Mourinho at United.

How is he compared to them?

He says that he is as ambitious as possible. He worked under the leader of the team at the time, J.K.

"I think he's spoken to Sir Alex, as I still call him, 'The Boss', so I'd say he's taken little bits and pieces from them, but he's got his own way as well."

He knows how to deal with the players in the right way. His management skills are excellent.

When it's training, it's serious and that's when it's down to business.

Aston Villa's head coach Steven Gerrard, center, celebrates with Aston Villa's Ashley Young after their win in the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. Aston Villa won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Image: Young is just five years younger than Villa boss Gerrard, who is 42-years-old

He has that aura about him that he had as a player and now as a manager.

"He knows where he can take the club to, and I think all the players have bought into that, and know that we can get higher and higher up the table."

The squad needs to be aiming higher than they are currently in the league.

Villa are in the bottom half of the table on goals scored. It's the worst start to a season in the history of the league.

According to Young, the draw against City was a turning point for the club.

"I think you could see that in the way the boys went out and performed with bodies on the line and the way that we celebrated after the game," he says.

He says there is more positive vibes in the group, especially after the City game.

We can take a lot of confidence from the City game and push on from there.

Aston Villa's Ashley Young (left) and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. Picture date: Saturday September 3, 2022.
Image: Young (left) challenges Man City's Kevin De Bruyne as the Villa man impressed in the home draw against the champions

We're not even at the end of September yet, so there's plenty of points and games to make sure that these first six games are forgotten about.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the match atLeicester was postponed.

Young and his family were able to pay their respects to the queen.

He took his children to London over the weekend.

It's nice to do that when you can. It was a bit of a history lesson for them and I think they liked it.

Villa will look for their second win of the season when they host Saints on Friday Night Football.

Cash is likely to be out with an injury, so Young could be in for his first start of the season.

Young says he's always prepared to play. I'm willing to play anywhere the manager wants me to play.

If Young makes the line-up, he will become the third oldest player in the league to start.


Young, who is due to take his B and A licences throughout this season, will be 38 in July, so is he thinking about retirement?

He says he's not thinking about it because he thinks he can still play. It's just a number to me, people talk about age, but to me it's just a number.

I think you can play as long as you want if you are fit.

It might take me a few more days to recover, but I know how to take care of my body.

I don't think I'm ready to retire soon, but I need to think about that when I do.

Sky Sports will show the game between Villa and Saints from 7 to 8 pm on Friday.