The future of Ashley Young at Manchester United has been called into question, the
Young caused controversy by appearing to dive to win a penalty for United in their Champions League game with Real Sociedad – Robin van Persie hit the post from the spot as the game finished goalless – and had already fallen out of favour under David Moyes before the incident, although the manager declined to criticise Young for the tumble in the Basque country.
Moyes has however publically criticised Young for diving already in his time as Manchester United manager and was particularly vocal regarding Luis Suarez before last season’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, when Moyes was in charge at Everton. He also fined Phil Neville a week’s wages after Neville was booked for simulation in the same game.
Young has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current contract but has rarely featured in recent weeks, not starting a Premier League game since the Manchester derby defeat in September and losing his place in the England squad as a result of his patchy form. That is said to be a concern for Young, who wants to return to the international set-up ahead of the World Cup next summer.
He could have a new club by then, however, as United are exploring the possibility of cashing in on Young while his contract has significant time to run. He could depart in January, the newspaper adds, but a summer move is more likely.
Young joined United from Aston Villa in 2011, having spent four-and-a-half years in the Midlands following a January 2007 move from Watford. The 28-year-old has made 64 appearances for the Premier League champions, scoring eight goals.
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