Ashley Simon Young (born 9 July 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Manchester United and the English national team. Born and raised in Hertfordshire, Young's father was from Jamaica. Young started his career at Watford, making his first senior appearances in 2003 under the management of Ray Lewington. He became a first-team regular in 2004–05, and was one of Watford's key players in their promotion winning 2005–06 season. Young continued to play well for Watford in the Premier League, and in January 2007 he transferred to Aston Villa for a fee of £8 million, rising to £9.65 million with add-ons. He established himself in the first team at Villa Park, and has since earned 28 caps for England, scoring 7 goals. On 23 June 2011, Young signed for Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.