Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he has spoken to winger Ashley Young about his tendency to go to ground in the penalty area, but feels the player isn’t the only culprit
Young has been severely criticised in recent weeks after diving to get a penalty against QPR, and the next week also making a big show of falling against former club Aston Villa.
The incidents had Ferguson admitting the winger went down easily the first time, but maintained that while he made a big song and dance about the one against Villa, he still deserved the penalty as he had been tripped.
Ferguson told The Guardian: “I have had a word with Ashley.
“He understands where we are coming from. Hopefully it makes a difference.
“Last week (against Villa), if the player doesn’t bring Ashley down he is going to score.
“It was a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
“He caught him and he did overdo the attempt to get a penalty. I am not sure he tried to get the penalty but he certainly went down quickly.”
He added that he felt there was a double standard, and that other players dive as much, if not more, but don’t get as much stick for it.
The Scot said: “But people have reacted because it is Manchester United.
“I watched Real Madrid and Bayern Munich (in the Champions League) the other night and it was absolutely ridiculous, players were diving and rolling about, nothing like what Young has been accused of.
“Then you see the other night in the Chelsea game, we are in an age where you expect (diving) now.”