United’s injury woes meant van Gaal was forced to field a side with a young side but the Dutchman insisted that his side’s defeat wasn’t due to a growing injury list.
“I don’t think it is because of that [injuries] we lost.”
United’s ability to amass such a high list of casualties is nothing short of astonishing and it led to a jittery display against Bournemouth, which lacked any form of conviction or leadership.
However, while United’s defence was decidedly inexperienced, their attack was largely unaltered by injuries, and should’ve easily picked apart Bournemouth’s back four far more than it did.
And even though injuries played a part, United’s woeful defeat was largely down to van Gaal’s tactical ineptitude and a general lack of belief and spirit amongst the players.