4 key passes, 4 dribbles: Manchester United's Ashley Young reacts to Memphis Depay transfer in the perfect manner

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Following Memphis Depay's confirmed transfer to Manchester United, Ashley Young reacted in the perfect manner against Crystal Palace.

The news of Memphis Depay's pending move to Old Trafford will have provided a tremendous boost around Manchester United ahead of the club's weekend encounter with Crystal Palace, but few reacted as positively as the man he is most likely to replace in the Red Devils starting XI: Ashley Young. 

Indeed, despite the common assertion that Depay's arrival will bring an end to his renaissance under Louis van Gaal, Young - not for the first time this season - turned in a performance of the highest quality at Selhurst Park. He has been one of the few successes under van Gaal this season and his impressive form reached new heights in a must-win game for the Red Devils.

  Total PassesPass Accuracy (%)Chances CreatedTotal ShotsShot Accuracy (%)Successful DribblesTackles WonDuel Success (%)Minutes Played
Ashley Young 23 74 1 2 0 4 5 61.11 90

Young recorded a match-best four key passes and four dribbles against the Eagles, as he played a pivotal role in both of his side's goals. It was his pass that led to the penalty for Juan Mata's opener, while his second half cross evaded the Palace defence, before Marouane Fellaini headed past the helpless Julian Speroni to secure three points. 

The only negative aspect of his performance came with a certain carelessness in possession. He proved to be one of his side's worst passers of the ball, completing just 74% of his attempts to find a teammate. Having said this, his distribution in the final third proved a real point of danger for the visitors, as he found the target with four of his 10 attempted crosses. 

Defensively, Young was a tremendous asset, winning an impressive five tackles - only bettered by Daley Blind (6) - and weighing in with one interception. He gave away two fouls in his eagerness to win possession for his side, but neither proved enough to warrant any form of official discipline. 

With Depay operating most commonly as a left winger, Young, who turns 30 in July, could be enjoying his final first team stint at Old Trafford. The highly-rated Netherlands youngster is tipped to enjoy a tremendous career in the Premier League, with supporters and pundits alike suggesting he could have a similar impact to Eden Hazard.

Despite the Dutchman's clear potential, van Gaal could encounter a supporter backlash if Young's exceptional form continues. He was Manchester United's best player by a long stretch on Saturday, as he has been on several occasions this season, making him a very difficult player to drop. 

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