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Watford 2-4 Man United player ratings, stats and reaction: revitalised Young bags brace as Jose Mourinho’s side close gap on rivals Man City

Man United had Ashley Young to thank tonight, as the former Aston Villa winger scored twice as his side beat Watford 4-2 at Vicarage Road in a hotly contested affair.

Young opened the scoring with a fine half volley from outside the box, with the player’s second goal somehow being even better then that.

From 30 yards out, Young fired an unstoppable free kick past Gomes in the Watford goal to the delight of the away fans.

A goal from Anthony Martial then put United 3-0 up, before two late second half goals from Deeney and Doucoure made the last few minutes very interesting.

But Lingard then secured all three points for United, as he scored a Messi-like goal, running from his own half before slamming the ball past Gomes.

Man of the Match

There’s only one man who deserves this accolaide

Ashley Young was sublime tonight, as the winger-turned-fullback scored twice as he set United on their way to another win.

Both of Young’s goals were top class, with the second being one that even Messi would be proud.

This tweet sums up just how good Young’s been since being brought back into the United team, and he definitely showed that tonight!

Stat of the Match

This from Opta shows just how clinical United were in the first half

Player ratings

Watford: Gomes 5, Mariappa 6, Prodl 6, Kabasele 6, Femenia 7, Doucoure 8, Cleverly 6, Zeegelaar 6, Hughes 6, Gray 6, Richarlison 6 / Subs: Deeney 7, Carillo 7, Pereyra 6

Man United: De Gea 6, Rojo 6, Smalling 6, Lindelof 7, Young 9, Matic 6, Pogba 8, Valencia 6, Lingard 8, Martial 7, Lukaku 7 / Subs: Herrera 6, Ibrahimovic 6, Rashford 6

Reaction

These two fans were all praise for United’s hero Young tonight

Whereas these fans were ecstatic about United’s win

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