As scheduled, a pre-match conference took place today at 10:00 GMT where the boss, Louis van Gaal provided team updates before United’s clash against Watford, this weekend.
The news wasn’t the one United fans would have fancied to hear as the players on the injury list have increased. Speaking to MUTV, LvG said that Martial, Fellaini and Valencia are all injured.
Martial faced a knock on his leg on international duty whereas Valencia underwent a surgery lately. Valencia will be out for several weeks as his recovery demands time. Also, captain Wazza is ill and will miss the game along with the three mentioned before.
Martial’s injury doesn’t seem a serious one and hence the boss hopes that he could make a return against PSV. Also, Rooney is expected to get better and possibly join the team for the PSV game, too.
Talking about Carrick, the gaffer said, “He shall be playing much quicker than everyone has written.”
When asked about Wilson, the boss said that he is available but cannot play the entire 90 minutes due to lack of match rhythm. About Rojo, the manager said that he too won’t be able to play as he is still injured or not fully fit for the game.
Finally, his words on Watford’s game were, “Every match is a big challenge in the Premier League. Now it is a little bit nasty because Rooney was also ill after the international break and I only see him the day after he played and then he was at home [yesterday], so I don’t think he can play either – that is our problem. It is always the same; Shaw is injured and then Rojo is not there because he is also injured or he is not fit enough, then I have a problem. You can solve that problem because we have multi-functional players.”
Seeing the number of players missing the match due to injury, it seems that the English giants will have a hard time facing Watford and a win won’t be easy to achieve.