Manchester United's Ashley Young (left) beats Watford's Will Hughes to the ball.
Manchester United's Ashley Young (left) beats Watford's Will Hughes to the ball. NEIL HALL

Manchester United closes gap on Premier League leaders

FOOTBALL: Manchester United survived a late scare to move to within five points of English Premier League leaders Manchester City with a 4-2 win at Watford.

England international Ashley Young turned on the style against his former club with a goal-scoring double inside the first 25 minutes.

He opened the scoring in the 19th minute when he lashed home a low shot from outside the box and then six minutes later he curled home a superb free-kick.

A third from Anthony Martial looked to have ended the Round 14 match as a contest but Watford gave themselves hope through a Troy Deeney penalty and a second from Abdoulaye Doucoure.

But United sealed the win with a brilliant solo goal from Jesse Lingaard four minutes from time.

Elsewhere, Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan was Brighton's star in a goalless draw against bottom club Crystal Palace.

Ryan pulled off a superb early double save to deny Christian Benteke and Wilfred Zaha.

In other games, Leicester downed Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 and Newcastle hit back from two goals down to grab a 2-2 draw at West Brom.



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