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Ashley Young scored one of the best free-kicks you’ll see this season on Tuesday night.

The Manchester United wing-back was named man of the match in the 4-2 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road, and rightly so.

Young showed why he’s on course to win the Ballon d’Or with a brilliant first-half display, helping Jose Mourinho’s side race into a 3-0 lead with two fine goals. Anthony Martial got the other first-half goal for United, and Jesse Lingard wrapped up the three points with his great goal, and diabolical celebration, to make it 4-2 after Watford got back into the game in the second period.

However, only one moment sparked this reaction from Mourinho and it was the free-kick from Young. From 25 yards out. Into the top corner.

Young had opened the scoring with an excellent strike against the club where he began his career.

Lingard laid a pass off to his teammate on the edge of the box and Young took a touch before smashing the ball past Heurelho Gomes with a powerful strike. It came out of nothing and was an impressive way to end an 18-month goal drought, but was nothing compared to his second goal of the night.

Young curled the ball beyond Gomes into the top corner. It was a perfect free-kick, like something David Beckham would dispatch on a regular basis. Except it was by Ashley Young, who isn’t renowned as a dead-ball…



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