Villa fullback Hutton: Man Utd's Young now among best in world

Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton says Ashley Young is now one of the best wingers in the world following his move to Manchester United.

Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton says Ashley Young is now one of the best wingers in the world following his move to Manchester United.

Young is back at Villa Park tonight for their clash with his old club.

Hutton told The Sun: "I suspect I'm going to walk off the pitch mentally and physically shattered.

"I've played against Ashley before and he's one of those wingers who can give you real problems. I'll have to be at my very best to contain him. He's right up there with the best wingers in the world.

"He's established himself as a first choice for England which is no easy thing. Ashley has the lot now, every attribute a world-class winger needs. He has pace to burn, he can cross, he can take defenders on, so it's going to be a difficult evening.

"But these are the big games you want to play in to show what you can do. Mentally, 90 minutes is a long time to be responsible for covering such a gifted player. It's not just a case of matching him physically, stride for stride and covering the same amount of ground as he does.

"You are constantly thinking about him and being aware of where he is and what he's doing at any given time. It's full-on concentration for 90 minutes plus injury time and it's demanding. You might only switch off once and let him in behind you. But that could turn out to be the match-winning moment which separates the teams.

"If I do my job properly I expect to be shattered at the end of 90 minutes. But if I have good game Ashley will come off the park mentally and physically drained, too, because he hasn't found a way to get past me. That's the aim anyway. I love going forward and I'd like to think I could get Ashley on his heels, chasing me back. But I also realise, as a full-back, my first duty is to defend and win my own personal battles."

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