Manchester United are struggling with injuries as the side prepare to enter the busy festive period of fixtures.
The Reds went into their game with West Ham United on Saturday already missing six first-team players. By the commencement of the second half at Old Trafford, Morgan Schneiderlin and Paddy McNair had been added to that list. It is still unclear how long the pair are expected to be out for.
Man United are readying themselves for possibly their most important game under Louis van Gaal, a trip to face Wolfsburg in the Champions League. United have to win in order to qualify for the second round of the competition and will be sweating on the fitness of their skipper, Wayne Rooney. The captain, along with Phil Jones, could have an outside chance of making the traveling squad having only suffered ‘minor injuries.’
Ander Herrera was taken off against Watford with what seemed like a hamstring injury and the Wolfsburg clash might come too soon for the Spaniard, which is a big blow coupled with the injury to Schneiderlin.
United still have two squad members on the mend from long-term injuries, with Antonio Valencia joining Luke Shaw on the treatment table having undergone surgery on a foot injury. Shaw is continuing his rehabilitation from his double broken leg which he suffered in September and could even be back to training as soon as March.
The depth of United’s squad seems sure to be tested over the next six weeks as they face a busy run. The fitness of the players will be a high priority for Louis van Gaal as he will look to rotate his squad to combat fatigue during the toughest part of the season.