Ashley Young you crafty old fox.
The 33-year-old is having an Indian summer as Man United’s starting right back but his defending of Angel Di Maria showed he had learnt a trick or two down the years.
In a mouthwatering last-16 clash against PSG, Young showed that while he might not have the pace he once possessed he is certainly mastering the dark arts.
Having spent the whole first half being booed every time he got near the ball, Di Maria’s evening went from bad to worse when he raced to get to the ball ahead of Young.
Both going full pelt as the ball tickled the touchline, Young borrowed one Sergio Ramos’ plays by nudging the Argentinian just enough to send him off flying off the pitch.
Unlike most stadiums, Old Trafford has a sheer drop on the side of the pitch and we all squirmed as Di Maria lost his footing and went crashing horizontal into a metal fence.
Young quickly made himself scarce as Di Maria’s PSG comrades came over to huddle round the referee. Another clever move.
It wasn’t the first time Young had used his experience to cover for his lack of speed in the match.
Earlier in the first half Kylian Mbappe threatened to burst onto goal from a ball over the top, only for Young to cynically pull him back by the shoulder and earn a yellow card.
We’re pretty sure Young and Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer will have been thinking the same thing; worth it.
However, being left in a crumpled heap on the Old Trafford encapsulated Di Maria’s return to Old Trafford.
Despite being afford space to pick his passes on the left, on several occasions the PSG winger sprayed passes way beyond his man.
Then, although he was several yards offside, Di Maria found himself on goal with De Gea beaten and slid in a limp effort which the United keeper got back to gobble up.
He looked like the Di Maria that was so underwhelming when he was a United player.
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