Ashley Young’s theatrics conned the officials at Old Trafford takes a look at Ashley Young's role in Lee Mason's decision to award Man United a penalty against QPR

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Young to blame as much as the officials at Old Trafford

Queens Park Rangers supporters can complain about the linesman and referee following their 2-0 defeat by Manchester United all they want – but how about pointing the finger at Ashley Young?

The 26-year-old had just a big of a role as the officials at Old Trafford shamelessly throwing himself to the ground after the slightest of touches by Shaun Derry.

It comes one week after Newcastle United defender James Perch’s theatrics after an altercation with Liverpool’s Pepe Reina led to the Spanish goalkeepers sending off – and what a disgrace it is.

Yet no-one seemed to pick on Young’s terrible behaviour, too quick to blame the officials.

Diving is an appalling part of the game and Young should be punished.

Relegation battle set for exciting climax

With all five sides at the bottom of the Premier League table losing, it seems that no one wants to stay in the top flight.

Wigan Athletic missed a golden chance to move out of the relegation zone by bombing forward in search of a winner at Stamford Bridge instead of settling for a point.

Blackburn Rovers were well beaten at West Bromich Albion and Bolton Wanderers suffered the same fate at home to Fulham, whereas Wolverhampton Wanderers continued freefalling towards the Championship.

QPR were unable to cause an upset at Old Trafford on Sunday and Mark Hughes’ side were always going to struggle to get a result with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in confident mood as they hunt for a 20th league title.

It was a remarkable set of results given that these teams had been on good runs lately. But it looks like the survival battle will go right down to the wire.

Celtic set to stagnate in the Scottish Premier League

Celtic have won the Scottish Premier League title and coach Alan Thompson says they are now primed to build on their success, but where can they go?

The SPL will always be the most mundane division in the world – there is absolutely no quality past the top two who dominate every year.

At least the Premier League has a top four, Spain has decent teams despite the Barca/Real dominance, Italy have a number of title contenders and Germany is much the same.

The dominance of Rangers and Celtic is about to change with the former’s financial woes set to destroy their team – and the class of every other Scottish team is woeful.

Celtic are never going to makes an impression on the European front.

They haven’t since the days of Martin O’Neill and Henrik Larsson when a UEFA Cup final against José Mourinho’s Porto ended in disappointment.

But that Celtic team would have destroyed the current side and with no other league team troubling them they can only stagnate.

If Celtic or Rangers were offered a place in the Conference Premier next season they should jump at the chance.

They would most likely be promoted each season on the bounce due to the financial power and prestige of playing in front of a big crowd.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if within five years Celtic were challenging to get back into the Europa League – and with the financial security of the English league they could only move forward.

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