Gary Pallister believes injuries are the root cause of Manchester United’s struggles this season.
Louis van Gaal has had to contend with a raft of injuries at Man United over the course of the campaign, with the likes of Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Matteo Darmian spending lengthy periods of time on the treatment table.
On the pitch, United are still in contention in the Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup but are hanging on by the skin of their teeth.
“Injuries have been a big part of United’s struggles this season,” Pallister said.
“We lost Luke Shaw early in the season and he was a terrific asset, we’ve never really been able to play the same teem each week, it’s bee a huge part and may be why we don’t have the consistency we would like to have.”
Some of United’s most encouraging football this season has come when van Gaal has thrown youngsters in at the deep end in the absence of United’s injured contingent.
In a way, it is a damning indictment of van Gaal’s philosophy. United look much more exciting with young players who are yet to adhere to van Gaal’s style of play rather than with those who have been restricted by the Dutchman since his arrival at Old Trafford.