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Young: Blame the players

Ashley Young says the Manchester United players deserve plenty of the blame for the club's current poor run of form.

United beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday to top their Champions League group but their last two Premier League games have ended in 1-0 home losses to Everton and Newcastle.

They are without a league win since 10 November and manager David Moyes said on Monday that he took "complete responsibility" for the poor run.

However, having made his first start since late-October against Shakhtar, Young said Moyes should not be held solely accountable.

Asked on Wednesday if the players should take some of the responsibility for the defeats, he said: "Of course, we are the ones who go out on the pitch.

"Everyone is in it together, manager, staff and players. We win together, we lose together."

Looking forward to Sunday

And Young thinks Tuesday's victory, which came courtesy of a second-half Phil Jones goal, gives United momentum ahead of Sunday's Premier League game at Young's former club Aston Villa.

"We really wanted to get back to winning ways and thankfully we managed to do that," said Young.

"We would have liked to have got a few goals more but it wasn't to be. The main thing is we got the three points and topped the group.

"When you're winning you play with more confidence than when you are losing.

"Everybody showed confidence out there. Everybody wanted to play and everybody wanted the ball.

"We want to get back to winning and there's no better place to go than Villa Park on Sunday, and hopefully we can get another three points.

"If we put on a display like we did against Shakhtar we should be able to do that."

Festive season crucial

United are currently ninth in the Premier League, 13 points off the pace, but Young says they are targeting a healthy points haul over the busy festive season.

"We want to build on this win, especially around Christmas time when you have games coming thick and fast," he added. "It is a vitally important period.

"There are plenty of games and plenty of points to play for. There is another tough test coming up this weekend but we can definitely go there and keep the momentum going into the new year.

"Last night we put on a good performance and we can build on that."