The Englishman, making his first start of the season in place of the injured Anthony Martial, gave an energetic, disciplined performance against Jurgen Klopp’s side, offering defensive solidity and speed going forward in equal measure on the left flank.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho was quick to laud what was a stellar performance from Young.
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Young’s introduction the starting XI raised some eyebrows prior to the contest with Jurgen Klopp’s side, with many registering their scepticism. Such a stigma surrounding Young, however, is completely unjustified: the 31-year-old has always given everything in a Man United shirt, dutifully carrying out any role demanded of him with the same level of unyielding enthusiasm.
In the Anfield cauldron, Young’s presence on the left hand side, acting as back-up for Daley Blind, thwarted the hitherto unstoppable Saido Mane. Everything about his performance against Liverpool instilled an aura of control, underlined by a furious level of dedication to the cause. This has always been a feature of Young’s overall propensity, and the Englishman probably deserves more credit than he actually receives.