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Ashley Young celebrated his second goal against Watford before the ball hit the net

Ashley Young's second goal against Watford was so good that he celebrated way before the ball hit the back of the net

Ashley Young.

Former Watford player. Former winger. Now Man United’s left-back. Go figure.

If Watford fans thought seeing their former favourite son taking up a left-back slot was strange, what Young did in the first-half was really going to spin them out.


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It’s always the closest ones that end up hurting you the most

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It’s always the closest ones that end up hurting you the most

Mr. Versatile put United ahead in the 19th minute with a sharp finish from the edge of the box.

Then, as if to really rub it in, he sent a ballistic free-kick past a stationary Heurelho Gomes six minutes later.

The whole of Hertfordshire stunk of top bins.

Classic invisible hosepipe celebration

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Classic invisible hosepipe celebration

So good was Young’s free-kick that he was celebrating long before the ball hit the back of the net.

Honestly.

A good few seconds before Young’s shot whistled into the top corner he was sprinting off into the corner.

Lining it up

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Lining it up

Off he goes, towards the corner flag

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Off he goes, towards the corner flag

Nearly out of sight

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Nearly out of sight

And he’s nowhere to be seen

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And he’s nowhere to be seen

Take a bow, Ashley.

If you are wondering how Jose Mourinho reacted to the goal, it was exactly how you’d have expected him to.

Complete and utter shock.

What have I just seen?

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What have I just seen?

Did that really happen?

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Did that really happen?

It’s worth remembering that since Dele Alli told Young to ‘retire with a zimmer frame’ the 32-year-old has been recalled to the England squad and scored three goals in his last two games*.

Not bad for a grandpa.

*Yes, we are giving him that goal against Brighton.