It would be somewhat harsh to describe Ashley Young as anonymous for Manchester United this season given his injury problems, but the England winger has shown he has a knack for fading into the background during United’s 3-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.
Young hasn’t featured for Manchester United since their victory over Fulham in August, and is set to be out of action until later this month.
However rather than watch Manchester United stroll to a victory against Newcastle from the comfort of a directors box, the former Aston Villa player took a rather surprising decision to watch the game amongst the away fans in the upper tier of St James’ Park.
Dressed in a long coat with a hood pulled down over his face, Young tried his best to avoid the attention of the travelling Red Devils fans, but before long was found out and swamped by fans demanding an autograph.
In one picture Young is spotted walking back up the stand away from the action on the pitch, much to the surprise of one shocked Manchester United supporter in the background.
However before long Young demonstrated he has the common touch by posting for a host of pictures with United fans with his hood down, which were subsequently posted on Twitter.
Young’s appearance in the away end isn’t the first time a Manchester United player has appeared among the travelling support – Old Trafford icon Gary Neville watched Sir Alex Ferguson’s side take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last year.
Back on the pitch, Manchester United enjoyed perhaps their finest performance of the season on the ground they tasted a 3-0 defeat on last season, getting off to a flyer thanks to goals from Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra, before Tom Cleverley completed the scoring with a stunning strike from out wide.