Mourinho singles out Young for unlikely praise

Date published: Sunday 18th September 2016 3:41

Jose Mourinho pointed towards Ashley Young as Manchester United’s shining light in the 3-1 defeat to Watford on Sunday.

The Portuguese manager, who thought his side were unlucky and the better team at Vicarage Road, despite having just two shots on target, singled out Young for special praise after goals from Etienne Capoue, Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney saw United beaten 3-1.

Young, 31, replaced Anthony Martial after 38 minutes and Mourinho thought the former Villa man’s display warranted special praise.

“We started the season very well and had good results. I feel the first moment we had a defeat, a difficult situation, some of the boys are having a bit of difficulty coping with the negativity.

“You see Ashley Young, his mentality the happiness and confidence he brought to the game is something more players need to have,” Mourinho told the BBC.

It was Young’s first Premier League appearance of the season having replaced Martial in the second half on the midweek defeat to Feyenoord in the Europa League.

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