Ashley Young: Poor finishing cost Manchester United at Stoke

The Red Devils winger rues his side's inability to put the ball in the back of the net during Saturday's loss to the Potters but refuses to blame the blustery conditions
Manchester United winger Ashley Young has blamed the Red Devils' poor finishing for Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Stoke City.

David Moyes was able to field Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata in the same side for the first time at the Britannia Stadium but two goals from Charlie Adam secured the narrow victory for the hosts.

The result leaves United in seventh place in the table, six points behind Liverpool in fourth, and Young was frustrated with the failure to convert despite the team's 19 attempts on goal.

He told MUTV: "Adam's goal was a tremendous strike but, even after that, we always knew we were going to be in the game. We played until the final whistle but we're disappointed we could not get the second goal.

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"We talked about getting to the byeline and getting the ball into the box but the frustrating thing is that we did not finish it off and that cost us.

"We've got to take the positives out of [it] and get ourselves back into the game. With creating all those chances, we have to take them. On numerous occasions we got to the byeline, got the ball into the box and we just wanted it to go in but, on another day, we would have had three or four.

"Their goals were a deflection and one of those that comes out of the blue with a long-range screamer but it's obviously disappointing to lose when you have created so many chances."

The former Aston Villa star also lamented the injuries to Phil Jones and Jonny Evans and had been convinced that United would find a route to victory after Robin van Persie levelled for United just after half-time.

"To lose two defenders in the way we did, after so many players came back to fitness, is also disappointing but, after we got that goal early in the second half, I thought we would go on to win," he continued. "It was not meant to be and there is a lot of disappointment in the dressing room.

"It was really windy, even in the warm-up, but it's just one of those things you have to deal with - it's always like that when you come here normally!"