Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been left with a defensive headache ahead of the game against Sunderland this weekend after the Dutchman confirmed Marcos Rojo will not be fit in time for the clash.
“I have changed every player except a left-footed player so Daley Blind has played all the minutes (this season). [Chris] Smalling had also played all the minutes and because of that I (substituted) him (against Ipswich) and brought [Phil] Jones in.
“We have to spare players and Smalling and (Juan) Mata has played all the minutes, but I cannot spare Blind because all the left-footed players are injured.”
Rojo’s start to the season has been far from smooth. The Argentine reportedly infuriated van Gaal by missing the pre-season tour of the United States, meaning he sat out a number of United’s opening fixtures. Rojo’s injury will likely annoy van Gaal further. He really needs to get a good run under his belt in order to establish match rhythm.