The winger could find himself pushed toward the Old Trafford exit door by David Moyes after the latest blip on his rapidly declining record, per John Percy of the Daily Telegraph:
Ashley Young is facing an increasingly uncertain future at Manchester United and could be sold by David Moyes next year after sparking more controversy with his apparent dive against Real Sociedad on Tuesday.
The England international has already earned a public and private rebuke from Moyes this season after a similar incident against Crystal Palace in September and his manager is expected to discuss the matter with the winger at training today.
Young’s dramatic tumble after a slight touch from Sociedad defender Markel Bergara has added to the assertion that he regularly cheats, a word used by Dietmar Hamann in Liam Prenderville's Mirror article.
Although Moyes backed his player after the latest incident, per Andy Hunter of The Guardian, the Scottish manager has a major decision to make in the lead up to January’s transfer window.
As noted in Percy’s report, the former Everton manager once dismissed divers as nothing more than players "who con their way to results," which suggests Young could face a serious ultimatum in the aftermath of his recent display.
The player was booked for simulation during the aforementioned win over Crystal Palace, per Simon Mullock of the Mirror. Former boss Sir Alex Ferguson also mentioned Young’s diving in his autobiography, per Stuart James of The Guardian:
Ferguson reveals in his autobiography that he dropped Young from the starting XI for the 4-4 draw with Everton towards the end of the 2011-12 season because the winger had dived twice in the space of eight days, against Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa, to win penalties.
Young has struggled to assert himself at United since his debut 2011-12 season, an assessment emphasised by his three starts and four substitute appearances in all competitions this campaign, per Who Scored.
The emerging talent of Adnan Januzaj continues to keep him out of the side with exciting displays of confidence and skill.
Although the Belgian was recently booked for hitting the deck before his match-winning brace against Sunderland, per Graham Poll’s Daily Mail column, the 18-year-old doesn’t represent a lost cause like the man who is 10 years his senior.
It will be extremely interesting to witness the reaction of United fans toward Young during the club’s upcoming Premier League clash with Arsenal.
Should Young step onto the Old Trafford pitch, the home crowd’s response may make Moyes’ decision that little bit easier.