Andros Townsend defends Ashley Young after official Crystal Palace Twitter account mock Manchester United veteran

Andros Townsend leapt to the defence of Ashley Young after the official Crystal Palace Twitter account mocked the England international.

The Eagles are still basking in the glory of a first ever Premier League win at Old Trafford, but perhaps have been a bit too over-zealous in their social media celebrations.

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Ashley Young was bested by Wilfried Zaha on the touchline
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Patrick van Aanholt scored a stoppage time winner for Palace on Saturday to secure a famous 2-1 win, but the south London side posted a video on Monday mocking Ashley Young.

Deployed at left-back after Luke Shaw was forced off with a hamstring injury, Young was targeted by former Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha and made to look a bit silly towards the end of the first half, a feat the Palace account found rather amusing.

But Townsend was not impressed and wrote an impassioned response on Twitter defending the veteran United star.

He said: “A 34 y/o ex winger vs one of the leagues best wingers…. he gets destroyed twice yet still manages to block the cross…. we should be applauding this not making fun of it #Respect“

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Zaha enjoyed his return to Old Trafford with Palace
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Given Shaw is likely to be out for at least a month with his hamstring injury, Young is likely to remain at left-back for the foreseeable.

The world record signing of Harry Maguire does give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the option to play with three at the back.

Maguire excelled on he left hand side of a three-man defence for England at the World Cup in 2018.

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