Ashley Young's 6 Most Blatant Dives

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2013

Ashley Young's 6 Most Blatant Dives

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    Throughout his career, Manchester Utd's Ashley Young has forged a reputation as one of the Premier League's leading proponents of simulation.

    In Tuesday night's Champions League tie with Real Sociedad, the 28-year-old appeared to be up to his old tricks, winning a penalty after going down via the slightest of contact.

    While most pundits and fans lambasted him, manager David Moyes refused to criticise his player as per The Telegraph, which is a change in attitude from earlier in the season. 

    Young's dive from Tuesday evening leads our list of his finest flops...

Real Sociedad vs. Manchester Utd, November 2013

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    Real Sociedad's Markel Bergara was booked by referee Nicola Rizzoli for this apparent challenge on Young, which resulted in a penalty.

    The gods of karma appeared to be watching on, as Robin van Persie failed to convert the resulting spot kick and the match finished 0-0. 

    The Internet's best photoshoppers, meanwhile, have had a field day

Manchester Utd vs. Crystal Palace, September 2013

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    Manchester United's opening goal against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford this season came in controversial circumstances, as Ashley Young went down from a tackle by Kagisho Dikgacoi. 

    The South African received his second yellow for the perceived offence. Unlike against Sociedad, RVP converted the resultant penalty. 

Manchester Utd vs. Aston Villa, April 2012

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    The Red Devils were 2-0 up against Aston Villa in April 2012 when the former Villain became a villain of a different kind when he was adjudged to have been tripped by Ciaran Clark.

    Wayne Rooney converted the penalty that followed, putting United on the road to an eventual 4-0 win. 

Manchester Utd vs. QPR, April 2012

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    Just a week before his theatrics against Aston Villa, Young evoked yet more controversy in the 14th minute of United's visit to Loftus Road. Feeling the hand of Shaun Derry, Young crashed down in the box, earning Wayne Rooney a penalty—which he converted—and the Hoops man a red card.

    Referee Lee Mason and his assistant Ceri Richards were criticised not only for rewarding the suspected dive, but for allowing play when Young was clearly in an offside position when he received the ball. 

Manchester Utd vs. Manchester City, October 2011

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    During the Manchester derby at Old Trafford in 2011, James Milner was called up for a foul on Young as he charged down the left wing. 

    Milner was late to the ball, and a free kick is probably the right call, but notice how Young jumps free of the challenge, then extends his trailing leg to ensure contact. 

    City, of course, had the last laugh, running out 6-1 winners of this game. 

Chelsea vs. Manchester Utd, October 2012

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    Chelsea had two players sent off during their home match with United in October 2012: Fernando Torres for diving, and Branislav Ivanovic for bringing down Ashley Young as the last man.

    Ivanovic may have had some extremely minimal contact with Young as he raced through on goal, but certainly not enough to deserve such a flailing flop.

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