Manchester United revealed their excitement after Ashley Young put in a stellar performance during Tuesday night’s Premier League triumph over Watford. The Red Devils started on the front foot during the initial stages at Vicarage Road, but Young changed the complexion of the game in the space of six first-half minutes.
The Englishman opened the scoring with a delightful half-volley past Heurelho Gomes in the 19th minute before he carved an excellent free-kick to make 2-0 against his former side six minutes later. Young had his goal disallowed during the 1-0 win over Brighton, but there were doubts over his brace on Tuesday night – his first for the Red Devils in more than five years. The victory closed the gap to leaders Manchester City to just five points and the fans were clearly overwhelmed by his performance.
Ashley Young when his contract is coming to an end. pic.twitter.com/zfqLHUW5YO
— United Religion (@Unitedology) November 28, 2017
Roberto Carlos has pictures of Ashley Young on his bedroom wall. Pass it on. pic.twitter.com/pR2zI2Zyk6
— Transfer Related (@TransferRelated) November 28, 2017
ASHLEY YOUNG HAS THE SAME AMOUNT OF GOALS AS KEVIN DE BRUYNE pic.twitter.com/yPXIf7HEBn
— Shreyas. (@Vidicesquee) November 28, 2017
Ashley Young, yet again, putting in a mighty shift. Has been sensational this season. Fair play to him, at 32, for bouncing back like this. Great to see.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) November 28, 2017
I’m really pleased the proof is finally there for all to see, I’m sick of telling people Ashley Young’s better than Pele and them not getting it.
— Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) November 28, 2017
Lacazette competing with Ashley Young
— Azúcar (@NickiiDupre) November 28, 2017
At 32, Young has managed to revive his flagging under Jose Mourinho, and he recently earned a contract extension until the summer of 2019. Starting as a makeshift left-back, the Englishman has been preferred ahead of the likes of Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw, whilst his showing has also earned him international recognition after a four-year absence.
Young started in the left wing-back against Watford, where he truly made his experience count – owing to being a winger in his early career, but Mourinho will be concerned about his full-back options with both Antonio Valencia and Young having approached the wrong side of their 30s.