Three summers ago Ashley Young was preparing to clinch his big move to Manchester United, now he could be considered fortunate still to be a Red Devil.
This case is illustrated by his absence from this summer's England squad for the World Cup, and nobody batting an eyelid.
Going into England's last major tournament at Euro 2012, Young was hailed as a key player and sure starter.
His below par season at Manchester United has put paid to that, ineffective as any in the Premier League in 2013/14:
|Team||Pos||Goals||Goal Assist||Total Key Passes||Apps||Mins|
|Ashley Young||Man Utd||MF||2||1||16||20||1,030|
Young gave an interview to United's official website this week, discussing the importance of United's pre-season tour.
In many ways it's sad that this is all Young, an England international with 30 caps has been reduced to this, essentially it's all he has to look forward to this summer.
His United season got off to a bad start under David Moyes with an abysmal performance in the 4-1 loss to Manchester City, which saw him dropped for a month afterwards. His campaign never recovered.
The emergence of Liverpool's Raheem Sterling served as a hammer blow to his chances of making the England squad, and he has very much become a forgotten man at United and for the Three Lions.
He appears ready to fight for his future at United, and anything less than a red hot start may land up with new boss Louis van Gaal showing him the exit door.