​​Manchester United full-back Ashley Young has been handed a three-match ban after accepting the FA's violent conduct charge for his actions during the draw against ​Southampton on Saturday.

Young was charged by the English game's governing body for an alleged elbow on the Saints' Dusan Tadic during the 0-0 stalemate, and offered no resistance thereafter.

Referee Craig Pawson did not see the incident, leaving the FA to step in and make a decision.

While the player readily accepted wrongdoing, he noted that a three-match ban was excessive. His argument, however, was rebuffed by a regulatory commission.

He is now set to miss United's New Year's Day trip to Goodison Park, where they will face ​Everton, as well as the FA Cup third-round tie against ​Derby on Friday, and the following match against ​Stoke at Old Trafford in mid-January.

United, meanwhile, have dropped to third place on the ​Premier League table, with ​Chelsea leapfrogging them after a third successive draw.