What We Learned: Ashley Young has still got it; the Premier League has not already been won!


Manchester United beat Watford 4-2 at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Tuesday evening. United did not start all that well but scored three goals in the first half with three attempts on target. Ashley Young scored a brace, the first out of nothing, the second from a free-kick. Anthony Martial but United three up before the break to send the supporters into the break expecting a rout. That is not what happened. United

United were not the same team in the second half with Watford seeking to take control of the match, won a penalty in the 77th minute of the match, Troy Deeney stepping up to beat David De Gea and give the side a lifeline. With four minutes remaining, Abdoulaye Doucoure scored a thundering effort to make it game on for Watford. Jesse Lingard thwarted that, restoring United’s two-goal cushion in the 86th minute.

Taking on Manchester City

Many think the title race is over, despite the season not even being at the halfway stage yet, with is pretty silly to suggest. City were eight points ahead of United ahead of this match, United’s victory has seen that reduced to five points and a defeat or a draw for City could show that they are there for the taking. City have been playing well this season, but their trip to Huddersfield showed that they can be thwarted, a team just needs to step up and do just that.

United play City twice, two wins could take the deficit down, providing it is still there after the two matches. United need to keep the pressure on by beating Arsenal on Saturday, again playing before City, which could be the pressure United need. If by the end of the weekend, the deficit is still eight points, United will need to go all out to beat City in the first derby of the season. The Premier League title race is not over yet.

Romelu Lukaku’s goal drought could become a worry… but are supporters to used to moaning?

Romelu Lukaku had his goalscoring boots at the start of the season, but he has lost them. In the last ten matches he has played, Lukaku has scored once, against Newcastle United. He assisted a goal against Watford, which shows he is still getting involved, just unlucky not to find the back of the net, having a few chances himself at Vicarage Road. United supporters need to find something to moan about, Lukaku being the latest in a long line of things over the past few years. Lukaku made his 200th Premier League appearance against Watford and had scored 93 goals in those appearances.

It would have been nice for him to have another goal, but it did not happen. So-called United supporters feel Lukaku needs to be benched, but who will play instead? Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not fit enough to play 90 minutes, especially against Arsenal, unless he is doing things behind closed doors we don’t see, of course. Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford could lead the line, but if it doesn’t work and United lose at Arsenal, will the same supporter blame Jose Mourinho for benching Lukaku?

Ashley Young has really stepped up his game, despite his poor crossing most of the time…

Ashley Young has stepped up his game and made himself crucial to Manchester United right now. It may not last, but right now, he deserves his place in the team. Defensively, he may not be the best, but playing in the left-back or left wing-back position, he is a player who has been consistent. On Saturday against Brighton and Hove Albion, Young was poor defensively, which helped the visitors break through and attack, failing to score a single goal, apart from the one Young send goalwards, Lewis Dunk scoring an own goal. Against Watford, Young scored a goal out of nothing, also scoring a free-kick with United scoring three goals in the first half, despite starting poorly with Watford seemingly in command.

Against Watford, Young scored a goal out of nothing, also scoring a free-kick with United scoring three goals in the first half, despite starting poorly with Watford seemingly in command. Young deserves his place in the team and was the Man of the Match at Vicarage Road, his former club. At 32, his career is hitting the twilight years, but right now, United should utilise him whilst he is in this form, which will show that hard work is what matters, setting a good example to other players and the talented youth at Jose Mourinho’s disposal.


Manchester United are a team still able to challenge this season. Many journalists and pundits have written every club off with City being too hot to handle. City have played some good football, but they are not Teflon coated. They have put in some poor performances this season and despite being undefeated, it is only a matter of time before they get found out. Perhaps they will romp their way to the title, unbeaten this season. Perhaps the Premier League trophy should be handed out at Christmas, then at the end of the season, egg on the face appears. If everything was left to pundits, this game would be in dire straits.

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