Manchester United full back Ashley Young has been charged with violent conduct by the FA and is set to miss the next three matches.
The United utility man will face the three-match suspension if found guilty of elbowing Dusan Tadic in the draw with Southampton on Saturday.
Young, however, has the option to appeal the ban but must do so by 5pm on Sunday.
Ashley Young faces a three-match ban after appearing to elbow Dusan Tadic’s midriff
Young can be seen looking towards the referee shortly before the incident occurred
As the referee looks away Young then appears to elbow his opposite number on the line
GAMES HE WILL MISS
Everton (a) – January 1
Derby (h) – January 5 (FA Cup)
Stoke (h) – January 15
Premier League unless otherwise stated
Midway through the second half of United’s clash with Saints, Young had an altercation with Tadic.
As Southampton took a corner, Young was seen to make contact with the forward in what appeared to be a deliberate elbow to the midriff.
Neither the referee, Craig Pawson, or his assistants picked up on the incident at the time, which means the United full-back could land himself a retrospective ban.
The England international has made the wing back position his own this season, keeping the likes of Luke Shaw out of the side before moving over to the right-hand side to cover for the injured Antonio Valencia.
He has impressed with both his goal contribution and his aptitude in defence and has become one of Jose Mourinho’s most trusted players this term.
With United suffering something of an injury crisis up front, the last thing Mourinho needs is to lose a regular fixture in his back-line.
Boss Jose Mourinho will not want to lose Young, who has been a regular fixture for his side