Mourinho discusses ‘surprised’ reaction to Young free-kick

Date published: Wednesday 29th November 2017 8:39

Jose Mourinho was surprised that Paul Pogba let Ashley Young take a free-kick against Watford.

Manchester United beat Watford 4-2 on Tuesday, with two goals from Young, and strikes from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.

Mourinho praised Young’s influence after the England international played a massive part in the winning goal against Brighton on Saturday before leading from the front here with a well-taken first and a precise free-kick for his second.

“He is playing well,” Mourinho said.

“I know what he can do for us, all the positions he can be useful for us but this left-back position, I think he has adapted and at this stage of his career he has the maturity and tactical experience, it is good.”

The manager was seen open-mouthed in the dug-out after seeing Young score his second from a long-range free-kick, but he insists that was only because he was surprised Pogba did not take it.

“I was surprised that Paul gave him permission,” he said. “I was not surprised with his shot.

“He is quite good and his percentage of success in training is quite high, we knew he could score.”

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