Ashley Young's performance proved to be a positive point in Manchester United's recent 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, even though wasteful finishing and some fine goalkeeping prevented the Red Devils from taking maximum points.
A clear favourite of Louis van Gaal, Young continues to grow into his wing-back role and he weighed in with another impressive display against Spurs. He proved a real threat down the left in the first 45 minutes especially, providing a number of good crosses, before drawing a spectacular save from Hugo Lloris just before half time.
The 29-year-old poses a constant danger with his pace and ability to deliver a ball into the box from the flank. He delivered eight crosses in total, one of which almost concluded in a goal for the visiting side. This, however, was his only successful key pass of the match. He also managed just the one attempt at goal, while he completed one of three attempted take-ons.
|Team||Pass Accuracy (%)||Shots||Key Passes||Dribbles||Tackles||Interceptions||Clearances||Fouls|
|Ashley Young||Man Utd||69||1||1||1||3||2||0||1|
Young weighed in defensively too, winning three of the four tackles he made - a tally only bettered by Paddy McNair. He also made two interceptions. Nonetheless, he was perhaps lucky to escape with only a yellow card following a foul on Tottenham's Andros Townsend shortly after half time.
Furthermore, Young's distribution was unusually poor, as he completed just 68% of his 38 attempted passes. This untidiness in possession came as little surprise as, like his teammates, Young had clearly fallen victim to fatigue at this point, as the physical demands of playing two fixtures in the space of 48 hours started to take its toll.
Despite struggling at the start of the season, Young has been in great form in recent weeks and was once again a plus point in United's performance. He was a constant outlet on the wing while showing his capability to run at defenders. In truth, he was only denied a world-class winner by an outstanding save from Hugo Lloris.