Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that versatile midfielder Ashley Young will be out of action for a 'long time'.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side's Premier League clash against Southampton on Saturday, the Dutch coach has confirmed that the England international will undergo an operation after suffering a severe groin injury.
Young had to be replaced by youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson before the half-time interval against Liverpool on Sunday and it now appears that he won't return to the field of play for the foreseeable future.
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The former Aston Villa man has established himself as a key player for the Red Devils recently, proving a reliable asset in numerous positions.
This news, then, will come as a major blow for Van Gaal, who will be hoping his side gain some momentum after securing a vital win on Merseyside last weekend.
Social media reaction
Unsurprisingly, Manchester United fans have reacted to the announcement on social media. It's fair to say that the club's faithful are upset by the news and want to see a replacement arrive in the transfer window.
Here's the reaction:
Ultimately, Van Gaal must act in this transfer window if he is serious about pushing his side into the title picture.
Indeed, the Dutchman has insisted that the Red Devils are still in the race to secure the title, but it's crucial that he helps them become consistent. Far too often during Van Gaal's tenure, United have endured indifferent spells. It's time to get it right and another addition or two will only help the cause.
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