Manchester United’s injury woes went from bad to worse on Monday as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Will Keane picked up complaints in the 3-0 win over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.
Borthwick-Jackson was forced off at half-time at New Meadow while Will Keane hobbled off just four minutes after coming on as a substitute.
The pair join a lengthy injury list at Old Trafford, with the likes of Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Wayne Rooney and David de Gea all sidelined.
United’s squad has been tested to the limit as a result, with novices such as Joe Riley and Donald Love coming into the first team in recent weeks.
It has been good to see those in the U21s make the step up but a club of United’s stature should be able to pick and choose their moments to blood youth rather than being forced to play them.
Louis van Gaal’s decision to trim the squad in the summer has proven to be the wrong one.