Louis Van Gaal has stated that Angel Di Maria, the record signing will be missing the big game against bitter rivals Liverpool on Sunday. Van Gaal was speaking to MUTV and he stated that the Argentine would not be playing against Liverpool though the injury problems at the club are improving. Di Maria played only 13 minutes before being substituted against Hull and has since missed wins over Stoke and Southampton.
Chris Smalling is also set to miss the game against Liverpool but Van Gaal confirmed that Smalling would only be out of action for a couple of weeks, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw are the other two players who are definitely going to miss the game for Manchester United and they don’t seem likely to play a part for the club until the new year.
“Now I have only four players injured so that is better than ever,” said Van Gaal in a news conference. “Only Shaw, Smalling, Di Maria and Blind [are out].”
There is more good news for Manchester United fans as Rafael Da Silva and Phil Jones are also back in training and could be in contention to play the game against Liverpool. Radamel Falcao, who has been used sparingly by Van Gaal has also recovered from his injury and could be fit enough to take on the Merseyside rivals.
Liverpool aren’t having a better time with injuries, Suso, Flanagan and Sturridge still face time out and would only be making returns in the new year. Mario Balotelli who has missed the past few games for Liverpool ever since getting injured whilst on international duty for Italy has returned in training but is still a doubt for the Reds.
Fabio Borini has come back to the squad and could be played in place of Rickie Lambert who was pulled off at half time against Basel in their UEFA Champions League draw. There are no other injury problems for either side.
Manchester United will be favourites to win the game, a complete reversal of last season is expected when Liverpool defeated United 3-0 at Old Trafford, this time the score line could be completely different as United have won 5 in a row, however Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 3. Whatever happens, it sure is going to be a cracker of a game on Sunday, like every Manchester United- Liverpool game is.
Quotes courtesy: ESPN FC
Picture courtesy: IBTimes & Liverpool Echo