United’s injury crisis deepens as Rafael and Shaw injured
Manchester United’s defensive injury crisis deepens as two more players – Rafael Da Silva and Luke Shaw got injured against Yeovil Town in the third round of the FA cup. It is unclear whether the duo will be available for the game against Southampton in the weekend.
When both the full backs where replaced at half time, many thought it was a tactical decision by the manager but, Van Gaal confirmed after the game that he was forced upon the substitution due to the players injury.
Louis van Gaal has revealed that defender Rafael picked up a fractured cheekbone in the FA Cup win at Yeovil on Sunday, while Luke Shaw aggravated an ankle problem which has blighted the start of his Manchester United career.
“Rafa has a fracture, so it’s not looking good, and Shaw has an ankle problem. I had to change, and I don’t have more defenders, so I have to change the shape also” Van Gaal told MUTV.
Despite it, their manager praised the Brazilian, who is making his first start since October, for his attitude to carry on with the injury in the first half.
Van Gaal said: “Rafael played through because over the last few weeks he has not played so much. But he has a fantastic attitude. He is unbelievable.
“I had to change him and also Luke Shaw because he had an ankle problem. He played on also. Rafael has already gone away in a car to the hospital. I don’t know how he did it. I cannot say I will have to watch the video. Also the same with Shaw. But it was a very physical game.”
Valencia has already been out with a groin problem since the match at Spurs after Christmas and Young limped out of the Stoke City game on New Year’s day with a hamstring injury. Hence, United are facing a crisis in the full back and wing back positions for the weekend.
Like Sunday, Mcnair and Blackett may be forced to fill the full back positions against Southampton, if the injured players do not recover on time.
But there is good news though in other positions as a few left footed players are returning from injuries. “Angel Di Maria is coming back, Daley Blind is coming back, Marcos Rojo is coming back – so we have more left-footed players, and that we need also,” Van Gaal said.
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