Date: 23rd July 2008 at 5:16pm
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Ashley Young is at it again, last season all he would talk about was getting into Europe – now he’s started on the Top 4 speeches!

The flying winger believes we have a great chance of ousting Liverplop in 4th place if we can have a ‘slick start’ to the season.

Speaking on the official site, Young said:

‘This really could be the year we break into the top four!

‘We came sixth last season and the next step is to finish in the Champions League places.

It’s a big challenge but I’m really looking forward to it.

‘We surprised a few people last season by beating Chelsea and drawing with Arsenal and Liverpool and we can do it again. That’s essential if we want a top four finish.

‘It’s really important for us to start the season well – we need to if we want to challenge the top four.

‘If you lose a few games, confidence can drop and you could end up slipping down the table.

‘Pre-season has been good. The coaches are some of the best I’ve worked with. We’ve had a good run of pre-season games, which helps get our fitness up after the summer break and makes sure we’re ready for the new campaign.’