And in 2009 he was the PFA Young Player of the Year.
In June 2011, the attacking midfielder completed a move to Manchester United for a fee of around £17m, but his time at Manchester United has been characterized by injury, diving and a lack of goals (just 6 in 47 domestic appearances since he arrived at the club).
And Young isn't popular with the Manchester United fans - so much so, that some have been heard to joke that 'Manchester United are down to 10 men - Ashley Young's on!'.
Young's woeful performance in the 4-1 loss to Manchester City Sunday resulted in predictable Twitter fury, with some fans suggesting that there are at least 6 Manchester United players in the current squad who should start ahead of him.
Two recent Tweets appear to sum up the feelings of many Manchester United fans, with one supporter remarking that City didn't need to tackle Young Sunday - they just had to wait until he gave the ball away.
Another suggested that Manchester United manager David Moyes doesn't need time to get it right at the club - he just needs to stop picking Ashley Young.
One Manchester United fan told Here Is The City: 'I don't know what went wrong with Ashley Young, but he clearly he isn't the player he once was. I know it's brutal, but he's simply not good enough to be in our squad'.
What's your view on Ashley Young, and theory about how his career has gone into decline ?
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