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Ashley Young turns out for Manchester United reserves

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Ashley Young played for a Manchester United XI against Barnsley Reserves on Monday night after being snubbed by Roy Hodgson for England's 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

Young has struggled for form this season and has only made four Premier League appearances for the Red Devils, who organised Monday's match to give those on the fringes of the first team some match practice.

It seemed to benefit 28-year-old, who arrived at Manchester United from Aston Villa for a reported £17m fee in 2011, as he scored the only goal of the game courtesy of a direct free-kick.

The likes of Fabio and Alexander Buttner, who were not required for international duty, were also involved, while summer signing Guillermo Varela featured too.

Young attracted criticism for his role in United's 2-0 league win over Crystal Palace last month, after picking up a yellow card for diving.

United boss David Moyes said that he would have a quiet word with Young, adding: "I don't want my players diving".

His last appearance for the Red Devils came in last month's 4-1 defeat to rivals Manchester City, when he was hauled off in the 51st minute after a below-par first half.

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