Manchester United continued their dominance over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon with a narrow 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
Anthony Martial secured the Red Devils’ fourth consecutive home win over Spurs with a late minute after replacing Marcus Rashford midway through the second half.
The Frenchman entered the fray with 20 minutes left on the clock to ignite a rather dull affair, sprinting onto Romelu Lukaku’s header to slot past Hugo Lloris in the 81st minute.
Martial deserves a great deal of praise for making the most of yet another cameo off the bench this season, but he wasn’t the clear man of the match.
Ashley Young surely earned that particular accolade in the eyes of most with his surging runs down the left flank and composed presence at the back.
However, the most pleasing aspect of his performance arguably came about during an incident off the ball with Dele Alli.
Young locked horns with the Tottenham star (literally) before they had to be separated by teammates just past the half-hour mark.
The pair had plenty to say to one another during and after their point-blank range confrontation, leaving fans wondering exactly what was said.
Even a professional lipreader might struggle to decipher every word, but that hasn’t stopped a portion of United fans claiming they’re certain Young put Alli in his place in the latter stages of the exchange.
The 32-year-old has been in the game more than a decade longer than the England international and the clip below suggests he called upon his experience to deliver a parting verbal blow.
According to several United fan accounts, Young told Alli: “When you win the Prem, let me know.”
It’s difficult to imagine any remotely decent comeback Alli could’ve produced, so he probably wise to walk away and get on with the game when he did.
The 21-year-old is on the right track to earn a Premier League medal someday, though he should try to avoid getting into verbal stoushes with his more decorated peers.
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