Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is hopeful thatthe injury Marcos Rojo sustained against Arsenal is ‘not so serious’.
The Argentinian defender was included in the starting eleven for the first time in three months after recovering from a major shoulder surgery and the Dutch manager revealed after the game, his plan was to substitute the 25-year-old defender after 60 minutes. But he had to leave the field early after a challenge with Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
Van Gaal said: “I don’t think it is serious, it was a kick. We have to wait and see, of course. It was also a good position that I gave him the first minutes to play. My plan was already 60 minutes. He didn’t reach the 60 minutes because of the kick.
“He got a kick and my plan was already 60 minutes so that is why Timothy (Fosu-Mensah) was running from half time so it was five minutes early so it was not a big thing. I don’t take risks with players who are coming back. He did it very well I think, the first match after hardly three training sessions.”
The Argentine left-back who was bought from Sporting Lisbon for £16m in 2014 dislocated the same shoulder that was damaged against Manchester City last season during a training season last December.
Man United have suffered a huge amount of defensive injuries this season with the likes of Chris Smalling, MatteoDarmian, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson all injured currently.
Rojo’s return to action was pretty important for the Red Devils. With so many games up next in March, van Gaal needs to rotate his team and Rojo would have got plenty of game time under his belt. Phil Jones is stillsidelined and Chris Smallingis also suffering from shoulder injury, so United are hardly stacked with defensive options.
Now as Rojo injured again van Gaal will just be hoping to get Luke Shaw, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and MatteoDarmian back to fitness, then the defence will be sorted but that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Manchester United were supposedly undergoing crisis situation less than a fortnight ago, but they are now in the FA Cup quarter finals, Europa League last 16 and are only three points adrift off a Champions League berth. So Louis van Gaal just needs to keep doing what he is doing despite immense criticism. This is the best it has emerged for him for some time.