With time running out, and their rivals winning elsewhere, United looked to have ran out of ideas, but Young popped up after an error from Tim Krul to score a last gasp winner.
Wayne Rooney deserves a great deal of credit for tirelessly forcing the error, but Krul’s woeful clearance went straight to Young, who remained composed to snatch all three points.
United had chances in the opening 45 minutes, with Rooney guilty of missing a glorious chance when clean through on goal.
The main talking point of the first half however was an unsavoury incident as Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans were involved in an altercation, with both players looking like they spat at each other.
The chances continued to come for Louis van Gaal’s men after the break, with Krul at his best to make a superb double save from Marouane Fellaini and then Young on the rebound.
Again Angel di Maria was substituted, but despite the fortunate circumstances, this is United’s third win on the bounce at St James’ Park, and arguably the most vital in that run.
Manchester United’s Jonny Evans clashes with Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse (Reuters)
10’ – NO PENALTY! Huge shouts from the St James’ Park terraces as Emmanuel Riviere goes down under challenge from Chris Smalling. Referee Anthony Taylor is having none of it. Replays show that there was contact, but nothing given.
26’ – WHAT A MISS! Huge opportunity for Rooney. Great touch from Young kills the ball into the path of the England captain, but with the flag staying down, he drags the shot wide from the penalty spot. Time seemed to stand still with everyone expecting the flag. Right call, but Rooney should have buried that
44’ – SAVE! Fellaini gets up well at the back post too meet a Valencia cross, but Krul is equal to it, and beats the ball away. Needed more power.
48′ – SAVE! Save of the match from David de Gea. Riviere looks destined to score at the back post, but his toe-poke from close range is clawed away by the Spaniard.
54’ – DOUBLE SAVE! How has Krul kept the scores level!?! Marouane Fellaini is onside, brings the ball down, lashes it at goal, but Krul somehow gets a hand to it to keep hit out, and then has the energy to get up quickly to thwart Young on the rebound. Stunning from a ‘keeper Van Gaal knows all too well.
64’ – What a moment! Jonas Gutierrez is coming on. This is his first appearance since recovering from testicular cancer. He replaces Ryan Taylor. What an ovation. Roof is coming off! Very emotional scenes.