Villa's Young relishing free derby role

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young is ready for a big performance in today's derby against Birmingham City.

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Young said: "Is Europe back on the horizon? Yes, of course, but in fairness we've never put that target to the back of our minds.

"Other people might have written our chances off but we've never said it was out of our sights. Now we want to finish off the league strongly and win all of the remaining games.

"We have wanted to get into Europe from the very start of the season and we've managed to maintain a challenge even when we hit a bit of a stick patch.

"We will take each game as it comes and come the end of the season hopefully we will be in a European position."

Young is happy to play whatever role is asked of him by O'Neill but is relishing his roving brief which makes it more difficult for opponents to double team him.

The former Watford player said: "The manager said to me 'Just go and drift, play on the right, play on the left, just pop up wherever and get the ball' and I have been delighted to be playing in that role.

"I played there pre-season against Inter Milan. This time it came about just before the Bolton game a couple of weeks ago.

"I do love playing that role but, for me, it is all about the team at the end of the day. I just want to go out and do what I do best, get on the ball, get in space and be a threat to the other team.

"But I'll play wherever the manager wants and more important is that we have got back to winning ways in the last couple of games, especially after the struggle we had."

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