Ashley Young scored one and created two for Manchester United in an emphatic derby day victory over bitter rivals Manchester City on Sunday afternoon and has praised the home fans for their efforts.
“The fans were magnificent, even from the time we came out for the warm-up,” Young told Manchester United’s official website.
“I think that’s the loudest I’ve heard them. We wanted to keep our noisy neighbours quiet and we quietened them down straight away [after their goal].”
The 29-year-old picked up the Sky Sports man of the match award for his performance and believes the atmoshere in the dressing room wasn’t too dissimilar to how it was in the stadium.
“As you can imagine the atmosphere in the dressing room was electric. A win in the derby, especially in the way we did it, meant there were fantastic celebrations.”
After securing an important victory, Young has also issued a warning to every other team and says that United “can beat anyone” on their day.
“Confidence has been sky high for a long time and we want to keep the momentum going now.”
It was Man United’s first Premier League victory in the derby for over two years after having lost all of the last four and it looked like a fifth defeat to City was on the cards after a slow start, but the Red Devils managed to turn it round much to Young’s delight.
“The first 10 minutes weren’t good enough but, after that, it was all us. I don’t think City knew what had hit them. When we came out in the second half, we said that the next goal was going to be vitally important. We made it 3-1 with a great goal from Juan [Mata] and getting the fourth meant the game was over.”
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