Why Manchester United Should Sell Ashley Young

Chris FlemingCorrespondent INovember 13, 2013

Young is at a critical point in his Man United career
Young is at a critical point in his Man United careerClive Brunskill/Getty Images

Ashley Young isn’t exactly the most popular player among neutral football fans right now, never mind Manchester United ones. Perhaps, it’s time for David Moyes to think about cashing in.

Left out of the 18-man squad to host Arsenal, Young has had a miserable start to the season. His antics have alienated him from the club's fanbase to the extent that his immediate future at the club is in question.

Let’s take a look at why Manchester United should sell the winger:


Ashley Young Is the Fall Guy

Young's diving this season has been laughable
Young's diving this season has been laughableMichael Regan/Getty Images

Let’s not leave any room for doubt here: Ashley Young’s diving has been wholly unacceptable this season.

It’s embarrassing to watch a professional footballer flop with such disregard to sportsmanship and etiquette. In short, it has no place in the game.

Just look at this GIF below to get a sense of Young's willingness to con the referee. 

GIF VIA FEINTZEBRA.CO.UK

And the worrying thing, as Stan Collymore points out in the Daily Mirror, is that Young shows no sign of changing his ways any time soon:

Everyone is slating him for play-acting—but there is no sign of him changing his ways.

And there are two major reasons why I believe he will continue to go to ground too easily.

Firstly, Sir Alex Ferguson gave him a warning about diving, and Young did not stop.

The second is that new boss David Moyes then gave him a grilling over the issue...and he still cannot stop.

Those two facts indicate that this is a ­horrible habit that Ash simply cannot break. It has become part of his DNA.

Stan’s right. One dive is bad enough, but it’s habitual now for Young. If Young has any ambitions of playing football for Manchester United on a regular basis, he must cut the diving out now. In fact, let’s be stronger: Ashley Young must stop diving if he has ambitions of playing Premier League football, full stop.


He’s Not a Good Enough Footballer

Young's footballing ability is also in question
Young's footballing ability is also in questionPaul Thomas/Getty Images

But even if he stops diving, is he good enough to play for one of the best clubs in the world?

No, he isn’t.

Sadly, Young’s form since making the move from Aston Villa two years ago has been poor. He’s proven ineffective far too often and has dropped down the pecking order quite considerably. Better suited to a role on the left-hand side, he’s found himself behind the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj.

The current form of those two players means that Young’s chances will be few and far between in the coming weeks.

It’s very difficult to envisage a role within the squad for Young, never mind the starting XI. He will likely be restricted to appearances from the bench in the latter stages of games, assuming he is picked to start on the bench of course.


Young Love Is Lacking

United fans have rightly been critical of Young
United fans have rightly been critical of YoungAlex Livesey/Getty Images

Ashley Young endeared himself to Manchester United fans from the off when he had a hand in the winning goal against West Brom in his very first Premier League game for United.

Since then, mind you, things have gone downhill quite dramatically. The United fanzine "Red Issue" summed up the current feeling towards Ashley Young rather well:

When your own fans don’t back you, there’s something seriously wrong. The chances of Young winning back the love of the Old Trafford faithful are slim at best, further warranting his sale.


Looking Ahead

Young could be heading for the door at Old Trafford sooner rather than later
Young could be heading for the door at Old Trafford sooner rather than laterMichael Regan/Getty Images

Ultimately, it looks as if Ashley Young’s career at Manchester United is slowly ebbing out.

If he was one of the world’s best players (he isn’t), then his diving would be superseded by his ability. Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez illustrate this point perfectly. In Young’s case, however, he’s just not a good enough footballer to play for Man United.

And so, the likelihood is that he will leave the club sooner rather than later.

It’s difficult to envisage him signing for any club currently in the top half of the Premier League, which may mean that he finds himself at a club battling to stay in the Premier League rather than winning it.

United could still generate some cash from his sale, which would help finance deals in January or next summer. That is why Young’s sale makes sense.