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Man Ud veteran Young: Watford axe at 16 was making of me

Manchester United fullback Ashley Young has revealed he came close to being lost to the game while at Watford.

Young was cut loose by Watford as a 16 year-old.

He explained to the Mirror: “I was in Watford's Under-16 squad, the YTS year – I was told I was too small, and too thin, to withstand the physical demands of higher age groups, but I wouldn't take 'No' for an answer.

“When they told me I wasn't getting a full scholarship, I went home to my mum and dad's house and stared at a blank TV screen for a whole day.

“I didn't move from the sofa, the whole world came to a standstill.

Watford said it was up to me if I wanted to come back part-time, two days a week, or just leave. The way they left the door ajar gave me a second chance. It's like they were challenging me, to see how badly I wanted it.

“If anyone thought I was going to give up the ghost, they ­misjudged me. I wanted to prove people wrong, and show I had the determination and the ­hunger to succeed," added Young.

“A lot was said about my height and build, but Lionel Messi is never going to be built like a heavyweight champion and it didn't stop him becoming the best player in the world."

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