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Ashley Young banned for three games after accepting FA charge

Manchester United delt another blow as Ashley Young gets hit with three match-ban

Manchester United defender Ashley Young has been banned for three matches after admitting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

Young, 32, appeared to strike Southampton’s Dusan Tadic with an elbow in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.

The incident was not included in referee Craig Pawson’s report and, after reviewing video evidence, the FA decided to charge Young.

Young accepted the charge on Sunday and his argument the three-game suspension was excessive was rejected by a regulatory commission.

He will miss United’s trip to Everton on New Year’s Day, Friday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Derby, and a home league match against Stoke.

This will be another blow to manager Jose Mourinho, who saw his injury list grow during the stalemate with Southampton.

Romelu Lukaku is set to miss the next two games after suffering a head injury, while Mourinho has also ruled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a month with a knee problem.

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