Louis van Gaal has confirmed attacker Ashley Young has resumed training this week, but the England international will miss the derby between Manchester United and Manchester City on Sunday, as per the club’s official website.
Young, 30, has been suffering with a mixture of calf and shin problem, which meant he missed last weekend’s win over Everton and the draw against CSKA Moscow during the midweek Champions League clash.
The Englishman has played in six out of nine Premier League games for the Red Devils this season, making four out of his six appearances as a substitute.
This is in clear contrast from last season where the former Aston Villa winger was a regular down the left and right for Manchester United under van Gaal. The immense contributions of Young ensured the Red Devils finished in fourth place and subsequently earn a Champions League berth.
When van Gaal took over the helm at Old Trafford following the sack of David Moyes, it looked as though Young would be part of the deadwood that would be offloaded, but the Stevenage-born winger came on leaps and bounds under the tutelage of the Dutch tactician.
A win for Man United in the derby tomorrow will see them leapfrog their arch rivals Manchester City into first place, while the Citizens will extend their lead at the top – should they also succeed in defeating the Red Devils.