It may seem like a long time ago, but there was actually a time where Ashley Young seemed like a good signing for Manchester United. I promise, it's true.

He was a revelation on the left-hand side for his first few games following his move from Aston Villa in 2011. Using his pace and trickery, he cut teams apart with a mixture of lethal passing, crossing and finishing - culminating in his sensational display in that famous 8-2 win against Arsenal.

Then injury hit, his confidence went and the problems began. He scored eight goals in 33 games in all competitions that season, a more than respectable return for any wide player, but has failed to net in 29 games since his last strike.

His display at Euro 2012 seemed to slam the proverbial nails into the coffin of his career. Relied upon as England's key creative fulcrum, he was simply awful throughout the tournament. 

Missing a crucial penalty in the quarter-final shootout against Italy didn't exactly help his cause either. He wasn't the first player to have his career ravaged by a poor showing for the Three Lions, and he won't be the last.

Young could have, like Anderson, become a figure of light-hearted ridicule for United and opposing fans because he's loveably useless.

But his blatant diving antics have instead led him to become a figure of hate and derision. Cheats in football are only forgiven by fans if their good as well.

Away to Spurs a couple of weeks ago, the former Villa winger was booed onto the pitch. An impressive feat for any England international who has never had any connection with  Arsenal or Chelsea.

Roy Keane was never one to suffer fools during his time at Old Trafford, and it is clear that he still feels it is duty to do the same well into his retirement.

"They, United, had a couple of good chances through Ashley Young towards the end of the first half," he said. "He should certainly hit the target. I think it sums up his time at Man United – just not good enough."

Scathing indeed, and there is little doubt that there are plenty out there who feel the same way. Young has become the figurehead of everything that is wrong with the current Old Trafford playing staff. As Keane said - Just not good enough. 

David Moyes has been heavily criticised, and rightly so, for his lack of signings in the transfer window, but it shouldn't be forgotten that the club needed a clear-out in the summer almost as badly as they needed new faces, and he failed to address this as well. The fact that Bebe is still on the books says it all.

Manchester United need to build a revolving door at the gates of Old Trafford this coming summer, and Young should be the first ushered out whilst others are heading in. He has had his chance to prove his worth to the club, and has failed dismally time and time again.

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