Ashley Young a major doubt for Tottenham match

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Manchester United winger Ashley Young could miss Sunday’s crunch Premier League clash against Tottenham after suffering a knock against Arsenal on Monday night.

The 29-year-old, who has become an important player for the Red Devils under Louis van Gaal, completed the full 90 minutes against the Gunners but reportedly left Old Trafford in “visible discomfort”.

This is according to the Manchester Evening News, who understand Young will be assessed at United’s Carrington training complex this week ahead of this weekend’s huge match at Old Trafford.

Young unsure he will play this weekend

The MEN also report that Young himself is unsure whether he will recover in time to face Spurs, a fixture they bill as a “six-pointer” in the race for the top four.

It’s undoubtedly an important match for Manchester United - and certainly one they can ill-afford to lose. Defeat to Spurs could see them drop out of the top four with just nine matches of the season left to play.

United face tough few weeks

The fact they must face Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal before the end of the campaign means there are no guarantees the Red Devils will secure a top-four finish, particularly with the teams behind them - Liverpool and Spurs - in such good form.

Their chances of beating Spurs, meanwhile, will suffer a blow if Young is ruled out of the match. The England international has been one of the surprises of the season; almost every Manchester United fan expected the much-maligned winger to leave Old Trafford following Van Gaal’s arrival.

Young has transformed his reputation this season

But full credit must go to Young, whose hard work has paid off this season. He has adapted to a new wing-back role with consummate ease, while also proving his ability to play as a left-back when required.

It was Young who scored a crucial winning goal against Newcastle United at St James’ Park last Wednesday, and it’s understood that Red Devils’ chiefs are planning to hand the former Aston Villa star a new long-term contract.

Van Gaal will need to re-jig his squad if Young is declared unfit to play, with Angel di Maria suspended for this weekend’s match.

Januzaj and Mata likely to come in

Adnan Januzaj should return to the fold, on either the left or right flank, while Juan Mata could also be handed a chance to impress.

The Spain international has played just 40 minutes of Manchester United’s previous six Premier League fixtures and has failed to complete a 90-minute league match since the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat to Southampton on January 11.

Mata was arguably Manchester United’s best player when they faced Tottenham in December, but his concerning lack of game time leaves big question marks over his future.

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