It’s been a great return to action for Ashley Young in his first game back since May 11 earlier this year.
The 32-year-old made his return to the fold at right-back ahead of the rested Antonio Valencia against Basel in the Champions League at Old Trafford. His place in the starting eleven caused some consternation amongst fans, but he has repaid his manager’s faith in fine fashion.
As one of the only remainders from the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, Young tapped into his days as an attacking winger, a position wherein he made his name, in firing a sumptuous cross to Marouane Fellaini in the 35th minute.
The Englishman wrong-footed the Basel defender, allowing him to find his Belgian teammate in the six yard box like the halcyon days of Louis van Gaal’s reign.
ASHLEY YOUNG'S ASSIST🔥
— Nataly Antar (@Nataly_Antar) September 12, 2017
The goal was timely for the Red Devils, given that Paul Pogba limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s two missed sitters. United lead 1-0 at half time.
Ashley Young looks like he took a brief break from football to morph into peak Cafu.
— Coral (@Coral) September 12, 2017
Ashley Young crosses for Fellaini to score a header. Somewhere in Glasgow, David Moyes looks up and gives a faint, satisfied nod. #MUNBAS
— Simon O'Keeffe (@simontokeeffe) September 12, 2017
Ashley Young better in the final third than Valencia. Cracking ball and that's what Fellaini is there for… 1-0
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) September 12, 2017
Ashley Young is criminally under rated by United fans. Top pro.
— John Ashton (@thedoveman1982) September 12, 2017