Young: We fight to the end
Ashley Young has hailed United’s indomitable spirit after Sunday’s incredible Manchester derby victory.
The winger was a key performer throughout and watched in delight as Robin van Persie’s free-kick flicked off Samir Nasri to regain the lead in the dying seconds after City had battled back from two goals down.
It was further proof, if any was needed, of the Reds’ almost unique ability to produce the most enthralling moments of theatre for the supporters and Young is becoming accustomed to such drama.
“Obviously, we wanted to set our stall out as we knew it was never going to be easy coming to a place like this,” he toldMUTV. “But the way we went 2-0 up was a great feeling for us and everyone was delighted.
“We knew they were going to come out in the second half and conceding two goals is disappointing but, as a team, we have got a never-say-die attitude. We always know there is going to be another chance and, with Robin scoring it, you look at the celebrations and see how much it meant – not just to the players but the staff as well.
“It’s the team spirit, will-to-win and that desire to go out to the three points. After we had led 2-0, we didn’t want to throw that away, especially when you come to a place like this and, at the end of it, we can go six points clear going into the busy Christmas period.
“It was important for us to get this win because if we’d have come off at 2-2 it would have felt like a defeat so we’re more than delighted to get three points.”
Young was disappointed to see his goal chalked off in the second half when Pablo Zabaleta was actually keeping him onside. “We always looked like we were going to get another goal in the second half but my one was disallowed wrongly,” he added. “It’s just one of those things and we managed to get the winner.
“I’ve seen Robin’s shot and just followed it up. I didn’t know if I was onside or not but, watching it after the game, you can tell I’m onside. It’s difficult for the linesmen and the referee as they have got to make a split-second decision. That’s exactly what he’s done but hopefully he can look back and see he made the wrong call.”