Steven Gerrard ‘has success ahead for him’ and has a ‘fear factor’, says Ashley Young, as revealed in Aston Villa manager’s talks with Jurgen Klopp and Sir Alex Ferguson

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Ashley Young says talkSPORT Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has built his ‘fear factor’ into management and ‘has success ahead for him’.

Gerrard left Rangers in November 2021 after ending the club’s ten-year Scottish Premiership drought, returning to the Premier League where he was an icon as a player.

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Gerrard was unable to replicate his Rangers exploits at Villa

But Young is confident he's ready for the top

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But Young is confident he’s ready for the top

The Liverpool legend hasn’t been such a revelation at Villa, however, winning just 34% of his games since returning to England.

Gerrard has come under pressure this season having taken just four points from six league games, but Young, who has played with the midfielder for England and against him with Manchester United, Villa and Watford, is sure that he will be successful.

Telling talkSPORT host and former Villa team-mate Gabby Agbonlahor what makes Gerrard special, Young said: “The fear he has for him, the aura.

“The presence he had as a player, obviously everyone had that way of thinking about Steven Gerrard as a player, he was amazing.

“He also had this fear factor about him, and as a manager he has even more of a fear factor, you don’t want to step out of line.

“He’s worked closely with Jurgen Klopp, he’s even spoken to, as I say, ‘The Boss’ Sir Alex, and he’s got that path where you can laugh and joke with him, but you know when it’s time. to be serious.

Young can see the impact Klopp and Ferguson had on Gerrard

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Young can see the impact Klopp and Ferguson had on Gerrard


“When you’re on the training ground, when you’re in games, he’s a winner. He was a winner as a player, he’s a winner as a manager.

“When I heard about the appointment I just wanted to work with him straight away and he shows it on the training ground, he shows it on the touchline, he shows it throughout the games.

Despite Villa’s disappointing start to the season, their best performance came last time out when they took a point from champions Manchester City in a 1-1 draw at Villa Park.

Young believes this game can serve as a platform for the rest of the season, with his side receiving plaudits for their game against City, which could have been a win had Philippe Coutinho’s strike not been ruled out. wrong game.

Young wants to take heart after a great performance against City

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Young wants to take heart after a great performance against City

Young continued, “Everyone wants to buy [Gerrard’s] philosophy and I think that’s what everyone does here. I think he is successful for him.

“Obviously last season was disappointing, but it’s hard when you come out of it. [the middle of] the season, you must have a pre-season under your belt.

“The first six games haven’t been what we wanted them to be, but when you come to work here you want to work hard and get the benefits.

“I think we take the confidence we’ve built in City’s game and go from there until the end of the season.”



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