Ashley Young sees Manchester United pass Norwich City test – and eye more Premier League improvement

Bradley Johnson is pipped to the ball by Ashley Young during Saturday's Premier League clash at Carrow Road.  Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Bradley Johnson is pipped to the ball by Ashley Young during Saturday's Premier League clash at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, December 29, 2013
1:40 PM

The game performance of Norwich City was not lost on Ashley Young – but neither was the fact Manchester United can still exhibit a few useful traits from the side that won the Premier League at a canter last season.

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In fact with back-to-back victories away from Old Trafford over the festive period, it would only take one traditional post-halfway surge from United and they could yet force themselves into the title shake-up.

“I thought they performed really well,” said a magnanimous Young. “We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game because it’s tough coming here. I think they had nine corners is the first half, which was obviously disappointing for us as we didn’t really threaten very much.

“So as soon as we came out in the second half, we were on the front foot, created chances and fortunately for us we were lucky enough get that goal and we held on to it.”

And Young was keen to join the praise for Danny Welbeck’s half-time introduction, as he helped ease the injury absence of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

“We’ve got four great strikers. Without Robin and Wazza, it’s obviously different – but I thought when Welbs came on things changed in the game. He was brilliant in chasing down the ball and he got his rewards by getting the goal.

“If you ask anyone outside the club, we never said we were out of the title race. We’ve just got to keep winning games and as it has done in the past, the momentum is building.”

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