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Ashely Young came to Manchester United this past summer and started the season, like his new team, in scintillating form. He seemed unstoppable on the wings and scored a few fantastic goals.
Since then, however, the Englishman has cooled off quite a lot. For yet another game, Young was very quiet for Manchester United against Newcastle and had difficultly getting on the ball or delivering good crosses.
With the scores knotted at one goal apiece, Young played a tame cross that was easily collected by Newcastle's Tim Krul. It was a ball Javier Hernandez, sitting right in front of goal and going through a rut of his own, would've loved to put in the back of the net.
David de Gea, meanwhile, the young and pricey goalkeeper who came over from Atletico Madrid, started his season off shaky at best, but he was no doubt man of the match against Newcastle.
De Gea matched his counterpart Krul fantastic save for fantastic save, even though he didn't have nearly as much to do in the second half.
Manchester United has too many players who are playing mediocre football at the moment, but under Sir Alex Ferguson, they have won numerous titles with strong second half play. Manchester City's lead is only five points, so United is certainly still a team to watch out for.
They need Young and Chicharito to rediscover their previous form, however.