Manchester United winger Ashley Young has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.
He pulled his hamstring just 11 minutes after replacing Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo last week and had to be taken off the pitch, leading to concerns it could be a serious problem.
Young was assessed by United’s medical staff and he will allegedly not play a part of the rest of the campaign. If you’d laid a bet with 12BET on Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Young all suffering season ending injuries within the space of two weeks you’d have got great odds but it’s just something United need to do deal with.
With Jose Mourinho set to bolster his options in the summer transfer window, Young’s injury could be another reason to recruit some new talent as his future at the club remains uncertain. Man United are already without the likes of Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo, and following the club’s injury crisis this season, the Portuguese boss will not want a repeat of the situation again.
His contract expires next year and with Premier League sides such as Everton, Swansea, Watford and West Ham interested in his services, it could be time to let him leave. Although Mourinho has used Young at times over the course of the campaign, he’s not been able to cement his place in the first-team and will be looking for more regular game time.
Young was brought in by Sir Alex Ferguson from Aston Villa and while he has had his moments – Arsenal at home and Tottenham Hotspur away where he scored a brace a piece – he’s never really been more than a solid squad player. If he were to leave, United would be able to replace him quite easily and I do say that in the nicest way possible.
This summer will see a huge amount of regeneration at United as far as the squad goes. Young is not the only player who could find himself being sold as the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney all face completely uncertain futures. As it stands, only four of the current squad are players who Mourinho brought in himself so I expect there to be a serious amount of activity.
We’ll need a few new signings and it genuinely wouldn’t surprise me to see five or six players sold by United this summer. Mourinho has had one full transfer window in the summer to build the early foundations of his squad but the upcoming one is his real test – this is where he’ll properly shape his squad.
Who will arrive? Who will go? We can only speculate at this time but Young could well have played his last game for United already if he’s going to miss the rest of the season through injury. This season has been one of recovery under Mourinho and it could end with two trophies, next year is where United need to challenge for the title – no ifs or buts.