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Young: United were unlucky

Ashley Young says Manchester United can take heart from the number of chances they are creating despite slipping to defeat against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Charlie Adam scored either side of a Robin van Persie strike as Stoke withstood a barrage of pressure from United to hang on for a 2-1 victory against the Premier League champions.

But Young bemoaned a lack of good fortune on the day, insisting United were desperately unlucky not to have come away with something from the game.

"Of course we're disappointed to lose the game to a deflected shot and a goal out of the blue," he told Sky Sports.

"We've conceded two but look at the number of chances that we've created and the number of times we got to the byline and got the ball in the box but it just wasn't to be our day.

"I think it was a good performance and on another day we would have had three or four. We got to the byline plenty of times on plenty of occasions and it just didn't want to go in.

"Everybody's disappointed but we've got to lick our wounds and get back on with the job."

Juan Mata set up Van Persie for the United goal while Wayne Rooney went close to equalising for the champions from a free-kick late on, only to be denied by Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Young believes a fluid display from United's attacking trio is a genuine cause for optimism for the side going forward.

"It was nice to see Robin get a goal again and to see Juan play a big part in that," he said. "Wazza was fantastic. He had a few chances and he was fantastic again today.

"When he is on set-pieces he's always going to get it on target and the keeper has pulled off a world-class save (in stoppage-time).

"Even after that it has bobbled around in front of the goal and we've ended up with a shot that has gone over the bar.

"We'll take the positives out of the game and the amount of chances that we created and on another day like I said a few of them would have gone in."