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Villa manager delighted for Young

Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young
Young (right) beat Villa team-mate Gabriel Agbonlahor to the award

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill spoke of his delight after Ashley Young was named the Professional Footballers' Association young player of the year.

Young was given the honour on Sunday as Manchester United's Ryan Giggs picked up the player of the year award.

O'Neill told the club's website: "I am absolutely delighted for Ashley, he has had a magnificent season and has come on leaps and bounds.

"His fellow professionals have made a statement - and that speaks volumes."

O'Neill added: "Gabby [Agbonlahor] deserves a mention too. I was delighted he was in the reckoning for the trophy.

"We must not forget that he kept us going by playing up front on his own for about three months."


Meanwhile Young, who scored his first goal of 2009 against Bolton on Saturday, praised his Villa team-mates for helping him to win the award.

"I may well have won the award but it's a team game," he said. "If the lads weren't getting the ball to me playing well and getting on the end of my crosses, I wouldn't have won this award.

"It is a massive achievement for me and shows how far my game has come on this season.

"It's massive for the club too. We haven't had just one nominee - we've had two and that's tremendous."

see also
Giggs earns prestigious PFA award
26 Apr 09 |  Football
Young handed third monthly award
16 Jan 09 |  Aston Villa
Man Utd dominate PFA awards list
14 Apr 09 |  Premier League
Young completes 9.65m Villa move
23 Jan 07 |  Aston Villa

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