Manchester United’s form has taken a turn for the better recently, with Jose Mourinho’s men stringing three Premier League wins on the spin. The Red Devils are still some way off top spot, but they are heading in the right direction at this point.
The game on Tuesday against Watford was never going to be easy, but United managed to get off to a brilliant start, particularly in the first 45 minutes. One man at the heart of everything good was Ashley Young. The winger-turned-defender put in an outstanding performance from the left-back role – including two sublime goals.
His first a sweetly struck shot into the bottom corner, which filled him with confidence. His second an outrageously good free-kick, which later, Mourinho would admit his surprise given the fact that Paul Pogba stepped aside to let Young take it.
After the game, the manager explained that the former Aston Villa man is playing the best football of his career and you find it hard to disagree with that statement.
“Ashley Young trains at free-kicks and his conversion rate in training is good, so it was good he had the confidence to try it, after scoring the first goal,” Mourinho explained to reporters, per The Peoples Person.
“I was surprised that Paul Pogba gave him permission.”
“At his age, Young’s playing better than ever and I couldn’t be more happy with him,”
At this point in the season, I’m hardpressed to find a more consistent player than Young so far. He’s been great since matchday one, which isn’t easy for him given that he’s often moved all over the field due to his elite versatility.
He’s a shoe-in to start every single game right now, for a team that’s fighting for multiple trophies which tells you just how effective Young has been for Mourinho’s Manchester United. His contract is up in the summer, but I’d be surprised if that wasn’t renewed.