England ace is poised to leave Villa

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Darren Bent believes his Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young has demonstrated why he is a target for Manchester United with his recent performances for England.

Darren Bent believes his Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young has demonstrated why he is a target for Manchester United with his recent performances for England.

Young came off the bench to score the equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Switzerland in a Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley.

The winger is hotly tipped to make the move to Old Trafford this summer although he is due to meet Villa chairman Randy Lerner this week to discuss his future.

Bent said: “When he didn’t start against Switzerland a lot of people thought it was a bit strange but Ash came on and was magnificent.

“He has shown people why clubs like Manchester United are after him and he is a top player. He has played the last four internationals and got three man of the matches; he is on fire. That’s why United want him. The best player I have played with club-wise was Luka Modric at Tottenham but Ash can’t be too far behind now.”

Bent believes it is unlikely that Villa can prevent Young from moving to Old Trafford. He said: “I am still trying to make him stay but at the end of the day he’s a top professional. If he wants to go and play for the second-best club side in the world, who is going to stop him?

Bent squandered two gilt-edged chances to seal victory for England after netting in the previous three internationals. He said: “Unfortunately it was one of those days. But I won’t think about it. I’ll just get on with it and look forward to next season. As strikers you’re always going to miss chances. “Before, if I missed a chance I couldn’t sleep for a week until the next game came. But now I put it to one side, it’s the end of the season and the next time a chance comes, I’ll bury it.”