United Facing Injury Crisis (Again)

Every season, Manchester United seem to face an injury crisis of some sorts, and, as expected, it’s happened again! With a massive game against PSV Eindhoven coming up in midweek, United have a rather lengthy list of players out with injury. If Louis Van Gaal’s men beat the Dutch side, they will qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, however, it’s looking tougher and tougher with the news that up to ten senior players suffering with an injury and illness.

Luke Shaw is an ever-present on the injury list due to his leg-break back in mid-September, joining him in being unavailable for the match are Marouane Fellaini with a calf strain, Michael Carrick with a twisted ankle and Antonio Valencia having just had surgery on his ankle.

Wayne Rooney (illness), Anthony Martial (ankle) and James Wilson (knee) were all missing for United’s 2-1 over Watford last weekend, but Rooney and Martial are expected to be able to play some part in the Champions League tie.

Ander Herrera limped off with a pulled hamstring in the first half against Watford, and Phil Jones did not manage to complete 90 minutes after hurting his ankle. The Mirror reports that Juan Mata also picked up a knock, but he is most likely going to be available for the clash against PSV.

United turned to youth on the weekend in the absence of a number of key first teamers, with Memphis starting up front in his first Premier League match in over a month, Jesse Lingard again starting on the wing, and Andreas Pereira, Paddy McNair, Sean Goss and 18-year-old Marcus Rashford on the bench. Ideally they won’t have to have such a young, inexperienced bench again in a crucial match mid-week, but it may have to happen due to the unfortunate number of injuries picked up over the last few weeks.

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