In the early Saturday kick-off, Manchester United welcomed Tottenham to Old Trafford. The two title contenders did battle in a hotly contested affair between two tactically well-drilled teams. In the end, an 81st-minute winner from Anthony Martial was enough to separate the two teams. Manchester Unites now sit in 2nd place behind Manchester City, three points ahead of Tottenham.
Here are 3 talking points from Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.
3Ashley Young excels at LB
When the Englishman hit 32 years of age back in July, many felt Ashley Young’s career would be winding down to a sudden end. Instead, Ashley Young has found a new lease of life at Old Trafford, in the unfamiliar role of left-back. Up against a quick Serge Aurier, Young put in a stellar performance that was key to Manchester United’s defensive solidity.
Young excelled in both attack and defence. In his 93 minutes on the pitch, Ashley Young had 79 touches of the ball, completed 1 successful take-on, won 2 aerials, made 3 tackles and completed 22 passes. Even when Luke Shaw gains full fitness, there’s no way he’ll able to displace the more than competent Ashley Young. Jose Mourinho seems to have full faith in the 32-year-old and his defensive work rate.