Manchester United’s Italian defender Matteo Darmian was taken to hospital on Saturday after spitting blood on the field and manager Louis van Gaal thinks it’s a “bad” injury suffered during their 1-0 defeat to Southampton.
The Italian right-back was taken off quickly with chest and rib problems following a mid-air collision with Southampton striker Shane Long. Despite obvious discomfort, Darmian waved to supporters as he was helped from the pitch.
The Dutchman bemoaned the latest injury setback as all five of his senior full-backs – Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Darmian, all are now out with injury.
“He was spitting blood on the pitch so he has already gone to the hospital and we have to wait and see what happens,” Van Gaal revealed in the press conference. “That is the fifth full-back who has been injured.
“Probably there is something wrong in one rib and also the chest but we have to wait and see. It was not a nice view for the players to see that. Darmian is bad because he is now in hospital.”
The Old Trafford boss also believes the right-back’s injury means United have lost the momentum, explaining: “At half-time I changed [Marouane] Fellaini and then I saw the first 15 minutes were better and the fans were behind the team and cheering.
“But then it was gone after the injury to Darmian. It’s a pity that we don’t continue with our momentum. But we have to stick together in this period because we have a lot of injuries.”
Van Gaal recently have confessed, he is in the January market for defensive options following the run of injuries but successfully completing a deal in the January transfer market is easier said than done in reality.
Paddy McNair played well in Darmian’s absence infront Southampton but everybody knows he cannot be relied upon to perform consistently, especially with Manchester United in an awful condition in the Premier League.
United were already eyeing several full-backs to sign in this window and will certainly intensify their search this week.