Manchester United have now only 2 points clear ahead of  Manchester United. A victory vs Aston Villa is thus critical  – Ashley Young previews Sunday’s gale.

Ashley Young insists there will be no extra edge about facing his former club Aston Villa on Sunday.

The in-form winger is convinced Alex McLeish’s side will have no problem avoiding relegation, even if he is determined to ensure they leave Old Trafford pointless at the weekend.

It is the second time that Young has faced his old employers since leaving the club in the summer of 2011 after playing his part in a 1-0 triumph at Villa Park in December.

“I always look out for Villa’s results,” he told United Review. “I enjoyed my four and a half years there and keep in touch with a lot of the people there. I exchanged a couple of messages with some of the lads last week – I was trying to find out their team!

“There won’t be any extra edge for me because it’s against my old team – I’ll just be trying to put in another good performance and help us get three points.”

When asked if the Midlanders can get out of trouble at the wrong end of the table, he replied: “I hope so. It’s so tough at this stage because every team is fighting for something but, if they can get some good results at home, they’ll have a great chance.

“We got dragged into a bit of a relegation battle when I was there last season, but we had a good team spirit and got ourselves clear of it and finished ninth in the end. I’m sure they have the squad and team spirit to survive.”