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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that Ashley Young has suffered a groin injury and is set to undergo surgery.
The winger suffered the injury during last weekend’s 1-0 win over Liverpool and van Gaal confirmed that Yoiung will be out “for a long time.”
Young is the latest on a long list of inured stars at Old Trafford with van Gaal stating that Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia are all out of this Saturday’s match with Southampton.
"Ashley Young has a severe groin injury," Van Gaal said in an interview with MUTV.
"It shall be operated on, so he's for a long time gone.
"It's unbelievable, but we're not lucky with that. Jones and Schweinsteiger cannot come back this weekend. You can count it and we have seven injuries."
Van Gaal admitted that he would have some questions about the consistency of 18-year-old Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who replaced Young at Anfield, and confirmed he is on the look-out for replacement defenders.
“I think when you see how unlucky we have been in the full-back position. I have started with Valencia, Shaw, Rojo, Darmian and Young, sometimes, and they are all injured - only Darmian is now back.
"So, I need full-backs and you have seen how I have used youngsters like Borthwick-Jackson and [Guillermo] Varela who are doing great but the level of Manchester United is high," added Van Gaal.
"To give a high performance every week normally is very difficult for youngsters, which is why we have to look always in this transfer period for replacements.
"The difficulty is that we ask for a level and the clubs do not want to sell in this period and that is our problem. We are looking, but it is not so easy."