Ashley Young urges Manchester United use West Brom win as inspiration

15 August 2011 09:57
Ashley Young has urged his new Manchester United team-mates to build on their season-opening win at West Brom and improve on last season's patchy away form.[LNB] Young maintained the defending Barclays Premier League champions' tradition of leaving it late to grab the winner by setting up Steven Reid's own goal at the Hawthorns.[LNB] Although not an injury-time effort like the one Nani produced to defeat Manchester City in the Community Shield a week earlier, there was less than 10 minutes on the clock when the Red Devils grabbed their winner at West Brom.[LNB] What a start: Ashley Young set up two goals on his United league debut[LNB] Young's attempt to claim his first United goal seems certain to end in failure given his cross-shot was off target until it struck the unlucky Reid and ended up creeping past Ben Foster. [LNB]More importantly for Young and his team-mates, though, it got United's title defence off to a winning start. [LNB]'I would rather goals came before then,' said Young. 'But it is always special when goals come late. Then you have to defend the lead, which is what we did. [LNB]'It was always vitally important to get off to a winning start. [LNB] Wrong goal: Steven Reid (centre) finds his own net after Young's cross[LNB]'A lot has been said about our away form last season. If we can build on this result, I am sure we will be out to retain the title again.'[LNB] As United only won five times away from Old Trafford last term, they look likely to better that tally already. [LNB] Indeed, it was not until their last visit to the Hawthorns on New Year's Day that Sir Alex Ferguson registered their second away success.[LNB] This season, they appear far more plausible challengers, a fact acknowledged in their status as favourites and virtually unanimous selection to retain the crown. [LNB] On target: Wayne Rooney scored the opening goal at the Hawthorns[LNB]Going forward, there is certainly a fluency that has been lacking since Cristiano Ronaldo's departure. It was in evidence again as Young set up Wayne Rooney for his 12th-minute opener. [LNB]'The team has been doing that throughout pre-season," reflected Young. 'It was a great team goal. [LNB]'We wanted to capitalise on that and continue our good work but couldn't get that second goal. [LNB]'We were always going to create chances though and eventually we got the winner. I will try to claim it but it is more important to get the three points.'  [LNB] West Brom 1 Manchester United 2: Ashley saves De Gea after another goalie gaffeRooney is back to his best and that must lastJamie Redknapp's Weekend Watch: Sympathy for Gervinho and the return of Torres Ferdinand blow and De Gea howler but United still roll on with late win [LNB]

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