Ashley Young’s fine form for United continued, as the England international produced two brilliant moments to help his side beat Watford 4-2 in a vital Premier league fixture.
Having helped the Old Trafford club with his deflected goal to beat Brighton last week, Young was monumental at the Vicarage Road, and scored a brace in the first half to see United flying at the break.
After striking with a fabulous effort on the half-volley, Young was again on the score-sheet minutes later, and the reaction from Jose Mourinho said it all.
The Englishman went ahead and took the free-kick from a decent position, and curled it into the top left corner, leaving Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes in shock.
The 32-year-old is surely going to be a contender for one of the best goals of the season, on a night when Jamie Vardy’s acrobatic volley will rival Young’s strike, as the Leicester forward’s effort helped the Foxes beat Tottenham Hotspur.
Jose Mourinho was sitting in the dug out, and as soon as Young’s free-kick found the net, he looked rather stunned and amazed at the same time.
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He did not get up from his seat, and just looked at his assistants acknowledging the veteran’s fine effort. The two goals from Young were his first away from Old Trafford since March 2015.
United had control with a 3-0 lead at half-time and could have easily added a few more, but it turned out to be a thriller in the end.
Vicarage Road went alive when Watford hit back with two goals in the second half towards the end, but Jesse Lingard’s solo effort helped United keep pace with rivals Manchester City.
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