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England international ecstatic with Red Devils’ performance on Sunday and hopes it proves a sign of things to come, and also praises star turns from Wayne Rooney and David de Gea

Manchester United winger Ashley Young says he hopes Sunday’s ruthless 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal is just the beginning of another great season for the club.

"We went about our job from the first minute all the way through to the last," Young told MUTV. "We were terrific today. We found an Arsenal team who weren’t so good on the day and we’ve punished them. You see the way we go forward at pace and we’re always looking to create chances from the first minute right to the end. We were terrific today, from the goalkeeper to the front man.

Boyhood Gunners fan Young played a key role in United’s victory, netting a brace and laying on a further two goals for his teammates as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men inflicted one of the heaviest defeats in Premier League history on the north Londoners.

The 26-year-old was delighted with the emphatic nature of the victory, which took United to the top of the Premier League table, and hopes the club can build on it as they target a record 20th league title this term.

“It was a great team performance and hopefully we can continue that form we’ve shown so far and take that right the way through the season."

Young reserved special praise for Wayne Rooney, whose outstanding hat-trick took him past 150 goals for Manchester United.

"The boys are delighted for him [Rooney] to get the hat-trick," he added. "I think he even wanted to give up the penalty to Giggsy [Ryan Giggs], which just shows what kind of person he is and it was brilliant for him."

The former Aston Villa winger also spoke up in support of fellow new arrival David de Gea, whose penalty save from Arsenal captain Robin van Persie spurred United on to victory and helped the young Spaniard exorcise the demons of recent high-profile errors.

"It was a great save," he said of De Gea's penalty stop. "We’ve seen it in training, how good he is, and he’s shown it again today. The penalty save was terrific and throughout the game he did great."