Ashley Young was on the receiving end of abuse from his own Manchester United supporters on Twitter after they seized an opportunity to taunt the winger about his Old Trafford future.
The England international has been relatively underwhelming following a £17 million move from Aston Villa three years ago, and Red Devils fans made their feelings abundantly clear after Young commented on the recently released fixture list for the 2014/15 campaign.
"Nice to start the season with a home game," tweeted the 28-year-old attacking midfielder. "Swansea again opening day... can't wait!!!"
However, his post was met with an overwhelmingly negative response after hoards of Manchester United supporters came out of the woodwork to express dissatisfaction at his recent performances, and suggested that he'll be lucky to still be a part of Louis van Gaal's squad by the time the first game comes around on August 16.
"You're gonna be sold mate, why so happy?" responded one particularly aggravated tweeter, while another added: "you'll have a good view of it from the bench" making reference to his lack of regular football under David Moyes last season.
A number of Manchester United players find themselves under increased pressure following a disappointing seventh place finish in the Premier League in 2013/14, which resulted in the sacking of Moyes just 10 months into a six-year contract.
Van Gaal's appointment has prompted a renewed wave of optimism around Old Trafford with expectations of a fresh title tilt starting to gather pace. The Holland head coach has been credited with an interest in a number of marquee signings already this summer, the arrival of which will surely push Young further down the first-team pecking order and possibly out of the exit door before the close of the transfer window.
The wide-man is currently enjoying an extended break after missing out on a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer, with his poor form for Manchester United resulting in a deserved omission from the 23-man list.
Should he still be a part of Manchester United's squad next season then Young can look forward to a relatively easy start, with the opening day home clash against Swansea City followed by back-to-back away trips to Sunderland and newly-promoted Burnley, offering Van Gaal the chance to get off to a flying start to his first campaign in charge.
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