Manchester United fear bad injury for Ashley Young

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Manchester United left Stoke City with just a point and a fresh injury concern as Ashley Young limped off with a hamstring injury.

The winger was forced off of the pitch at the Britannia Stadium with 75 minutes on the clock and looked in obvious discomfort as he made his way to the bench. Louis van Gaal confirmed after the game that the 29-year-old is facing "many weeks" on the sidelines.

He added: "I'm not a doctor so we have to wait for tomorrow or the day after."

Upturn in form

While there is no indication to how serious the injury could be, any fresh injury will come as a significant blow for Manchester United, who are still struggling to cope with a plethora of ailments. Not only that, but Young has been playing superbly as a left wing-back in recent games.

The £115,000-a-week star had been tipped to leave Old Trafford in the summer, but convinced Van Gaal to keep him on the club's pre-season tour to the USA. It looked to be an inspired decision as Luke Shaw struggled for form and fitness while Young grew into the defensive role.

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He had been one of United's better performers against Stoke City with the Red Devils struggling to hang on to the 1-1 draw after Young left the field.

High winds

Van Gaal blamed high winds for Manchester United's dodgy defending saying they "had difficulties defending long balls" in the swirling gusts.

An excellent opportunity fell to Mame Biram Diouf after Jonny Evans misjudged a long ball and the Manchester United defender was grateful to see his former team-mate spurn the opportunity.

Scrappy finish

"It was scrappy, hard to judge the ball with the wind, but that's the challenge for us," Evans told reporters.

"(Diouf) made a bit of a mess of it and I'm thankful for that."

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