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Top 5 Ashley Young goals for Manchester United

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
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Ashley Young's time at Old Trafford has come to an end with a move to Inter Milan now completed after passing his medical.

The 34-year-old signed for Manchester United from Aston Villa on a five-year deal in July 2011. It was a move that he described to be "the opportunity to come to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world is one I couldn't turn down"

It's hard to believe that the ex Villa man spent eight and a half seasons at Manchester United. The Englishman played a total of 261 games in all competitions and scored 19 goals.

Not known for scoring many goals, the winger turned wingback has scored some special goals in his time at the club.

Here is a look back at five of his best goals he scored during his time at the Red Devils.


1. April 2012 - Blackburn Rovers 0-2 United

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Late goals from Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young saw the team win 2-0 at Ewood Park as Manchester United opened up a 5-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

The game saw Manchester United struggle to make the breakthrough, but it was a typical gritty win from a Sir Alex Ferguson team that was looking for their twentieth league title with just seven games to go.

The veteran started the Premier League game against Blackburn Rovers on the substitutes bench coming on as a replacement for Paul Scholes in the 80th minute.

After only six minutes on the pitch, Young found himself on the end of a buildup consisting of 38 passes before he picked up a pass on the edge of the box and with a fine turn he placed the ball in the bottom corner of goalkeeper Paul Robinson's net.

#2 December 2013 - Stoke City 0-2 United

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David Moyes' Manchester United travelled to the Brittania Stadium for the Capital One League Cup quarter-final to face Stoke City in a tricky tie in a game which saw the match temporarily suspended in the twenty-ninth minute due to a bizarre hailstorm, leading to the players having to leave the pitch.

Manchester United ended up winning the League Cup tie 2-0 thanks to goals from Ashley Young and captain for the night, Patrice Evra, which set the team up for a semi-final game against Sunderland.

It took something special from Moyes' men to light up the game that night and proving he could do it on a cold and wet night at Stoke, the winger hit an unstoppable 20-yard shot from the edge of the box giving them lead at the Britannia.

Manchester United's second goal also involved the 34-year-old, with his pass sending Patrice Evra into the opposition box and putting the ball into the corner of the net with his right foot to set United on their way to the semi-finals.

#3 November 2017 - Watford 2-4 United

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Ashley Young returned to his old club Watford where he spent his youth and took the game by the horns scoring twice as Manchester United won the game 4-2, but it wasn't as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.

Jose Mourinho's team raced into a 3-0 lead in the first 30 minutes of the game and the manager was quoted as saying, United "should have been smoking cigars" in their Premier League victory over Watford.

The former Aston Villa winger started the game in fine form opening the scoring in the 19th minute with a fierce half volley on the edge of the box from a Jesse Lingard pass, with the ball flying into the bottom corner against a helpless Heurelho Gomes.

A game Manchester United should have won comfortably, the fans found it becoming nervy in the second half when Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure brought the game back to 3-2 in the 84th minute. Jesse Lingard made sure Mourinho's men collected the three points two minutes later when he netted United's fourth of the night.

#4 July 2014 - Real Madrid 1-3 United

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In the summer of 2014, Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United took part in the pre-season tournament, the International Champions Cup, where they found themselves paired up against Real Madrid in Group A of the competition.

The game was played in Michigan Stadium, nicknamed 'The Big House' which saw the attendance record set at 109,318!

Van Gaal had already registered wins against the LA Galaxy, Roma and Inter Milan and now faced Real Madrid who were European Champions.

It was the ex-United man's opening goal in the 21st minute that caught the eye. In an attack that involved 20 passes in its build-up, Darren Fletcher played a one-two with Wayne Rooney, and a quick pass from Fletcher to Danny Welbeck picked out an unmarked Young on the left in the box and he tucked it into the bottom corner to give United the lead.

The ex-United player found himself on the scoresheet again 16 minutes later, after Gareth Bale had scored the equaliser in the 27th minute from a penalty before Chicharito added a third with 10 minutes to go.

United went on to play Liverpool in the International Champions Cup final.

#5 August 2011 - United 8-2 Arsenal

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This is a game that Manchester United fans will not forget in a hurry! Sir Alex Ferguson's team ran riot against Arsene Wenger's Arsenal at Old Trafford and this was arguably Ashley Young's finest performance in a Manchester United shirt.

The former winger found himself scoring two goals and creating three assists in a memorable day in front of the home faithful, and it left the fans mesmerized. It was Young's second goal, although similar to his first, that was the better of the two strikes.

It was a game that saw a rampant United side humiliate Arsenal from start to finish, and a bewildered Arsene Wenger could only look on. Alongside Wayne Rooney, it was the winger's performance that left his mark on the game.

Manchester United were already an unthinkable 7-2 up going into the final minutes of the game. The veteran winger/wingback picked up a pass from Ryan Giggs just inside the penalty area and with a curling right-footed shot, he beat an outstretched Wojciech Szczesny as the ball hit the back of the net.

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