Date:24th January 2013 at 10:08am
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The winger has silenced many of his critics lately.

The winger has silenced many of his critics lately.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been dealt a blow ahead of United’s Champions League games with Real Madrid, following reports that winger Ashley Young will be sidelined for both games. 

Young limped off in the recent game at Old Trafford against Liverpool and it was originally hoped the former Villa winger would be available for at least the upcoming FA Cup game versus Fulham.

According to reports though, Young could miss a large part of the season as his injury is now believed to be more serious.

The Mail notes:

Young’s prolonged stint on the sidelines will come as a major blow to United as they enter a crucial part of their season.

The midfielder will definitely miss both legs of the Champions League second round clash against Jose Mourinho’s Spanish giants Real. Young is also likely to be absent for the domestic fixtures against Fulham, Southampton, Everton, QPR, Norwich, West Ham and Reading.

He will be unavailable for England’s friendly against Brazil, but should be fit for the crucial March World Cup qualifying double header with San Marino and Montenegro.

With Antonio Valencia enduring the worst form of his career and Nani being about as predictable as the weather, the absence of Young couldn’t come at a worse time for the Reds as ‘squeaky bum time’ looms over the horizon.

United are expected to complete the signing of Wilfried Zaha over the next 24 hours, but many newspapers are reporting the deal will see the winger loaned back to Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season.
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