Manchester United’s injury crisis went from awful to catastrophic on Thursday as David de Gea hurt his knee during the warm-up prior to the Europa League loss against FC Midtyjlland.
On the eve of the game, it was revealed that Wayne Rooney had picked up an injury which will keep him out of action for up to two months.
The likes of Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Bastian Schweinsteiger Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are also out, with the problem so bad that you can make a decent looking starting XI out of the injured players at the club:
Whether Louis van Gaal’s training methods or just plain bad luck is to blame for the crisis is unclear but the Dutchman’s decision to trim his squad in the summer has been proven to be the wrong one.
United certainly could have done with the likes of Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie in recent weeks but van Gaal chose to let them leave.
He is paying the price now, with his side putting in arguably their worst performance of the season as FC Midtyjlland beat them 2-1 this week.