Fergie fuming at FA

United boss blasts governing body for announcing Young news

Ashley Young: A knee complaint has kept him out of the latest England squad

Darren Fletcher: Edging his way back to full match fitness

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Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted the Football Association for lifting the lid on Ashley Young's latest injury and has hinted that Darren Fletcher could be included in his European plans.

The FA have let it be known that Manchester United winger Young is nursing a knee problem, with the complaint keeping him out of the England squad for 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

While English football's governing body were merely responding to probing regarding Young's omission from Roy Hodgson's plans, United boss Ferguson has been left incensed by their decision to offer an update on one of his players.

He believes such issues should be kept quiet in the build-up to important games, with United back in Premier League action on Sunday against top flight new boys Southampton.

"It was nice of the FA to let everyone know that Ashley Young is injured," he said.

"There is no point giving them any information now.

"He's out, he got a knee injury last week, although it's not serious. Obviously he will be ready for a couple of weeks' time.

"We have a game on Sunday. Why should they alert our opponents who's fit? It won't happen again."


Meanwhile, Ferguson has revealed that Darren Fletcher could be drafted into United's UEFA Champions League squad, with the Scottish midfielder ready to resume his career after 10 months out of action with a chronic bowel condition.

He said: "We haven't finalised that yet but there are a few players we don't need to register because of the time they spent with us as an academy player, so we've got that advantage.

"There are 25 players that have to be registered and he comes into that quite easily without leaving others out. The first thing to mention is he has put weight back on now. He's back to his normal weight from two-three years ago.

"He's training well every day. He went up to Scotland the last trip and I think he's going up again, just as an experience thing, just to be there.

"He played the other night and did really well but I don't know where he's at, to be honest with you.

"With the condition he has, and has to deal with, it's wait and see.

"If he keeps doing as well as he's doing then he will come into contention because he's a fantastic player."