Phil Jones has been ruled out of England’s game against Germany this week with a groin injury he sustained against Chile yesterday.
It is unknown whether he will be fit enough to return for Manchester United’s game against Cardiff at the weekend and if he isn’t, our midfield options will look even more worryingly thin than usual.
Marouane Fellaini is battling an ongoing wrist injury that will see him undergo surgery at some stage this season and Michael Carrick is already ruled out for the next four to six weeks, so United will be left desperately short if Jones is sidelined too.
Our starting midfielders would likely be Cleverley and Fellaini, who’play through his injury, but neither have played consistently well this season. They have had small purple patches but it would leave United very weak in the middle.
David Moyes has already shown he is happy to play Ryan Giggs in the middle if necessary and his reluctance to start Anderson points towards a loss of faith in the Brazilian. A return to fitness for Darren Fletcher is a brilliant start but he isn’t ready for first team football just yet.
United could look to the reserves for cover but our best options are playing well out on loan as Ryan Tunnicliffe and Nick Powell are enjoying good spells at Ipswich and Wigan respectively.
Inside the club, Ben Pearson is probably the closest United have to a potential first team player but I feel it would be too much too soon to play him in the Premier League at this stage.
Hopefully Jones’ withdrawal from the game against Germany is merely a precaution because he has been in fantastic form for United in recent games and without him in the side, United’s midfield options would be very limited.