Manchester United great Paul Scholes has admitted that Ashley Young used to go down too easily.
Over the years, Young, who joined United from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011, has earned a reputation of ‘diving’, and has been criticised by the fans and the media alike.
Scholes, a former teammate of Young, has now stated that he knew that it was a problem with the England international winger.
“It is easy to say that foreign players are the biggest culprits, but there are plenty of British players who do it now, too,” Scholes wrote in The London Evening Standard. “Having said that, I think it was an influence that came from overseas.
“At times at United, we had players who went down too easily, like Cristiano Ronaldo when he first came to the club. But Cristiano changed over time and there was no one who got kicked as much as him.
“For Ashley Young it became a problem at times. Ashley went over too easily and you can see that in some players it is simply part of what they do. It is hard for them to change.”
Scholes was also critical of players making too much of suffering a foul, pointing at two instances from last weekend’s Premier League action.
“Every now and again, the curse of play-acting – simulation, exaggeration – strikes the Premier League,” explained the 40-year-old.
“It always mystifies me why any player would want to try to get an opponent sent off that way, be it James Tomkins clutching his face after Kevin Mirallas shoved him or Jan Vertonghen making the most of Gaston Ramirez’s kick-out at him.”