Louis van Gaal has indicated he will rotate Manchester United’s squad this weekend for our game against Norwich City.
Marouane Fellaini‘s suspension means van Gaal will definitely have to make a change in midfield and the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Daley Blind have played a series of consecutive games so could well do with a rest.
But with a top four chase still on, van Gaal is going to be mindful of making too many changes.
Speaking ahead of the Norwich City game, van Gaal said: “We have to oversee also the tiredness of the players because there’s an overload of matches, so maybe I have to rotate also, but now Fellaini is suspended so I have to change my line-up. Every week you have something that you don’t like, but I think we can manage.”
The player I think most needs a weekend off is Rashford, especially because we play away to West Ham on Tuesday which is the more difficult game on paper. The 18-year-old has started for United in over ten consecutive games and while he is coping with it very well, a moment out of the spotlight could help him recover.
It all depends on what sort of rotation and change van Gaal wants to implement because you could put Wayne Rooney up front and give Rashford a rest as well as opening up a central midfield spot for Ander Herrera.
One thing to note though is that Norwich are scrapping for their Premier League survival so the last thing United can do is head to Carrow Road with any sort of complacency. With that in mind, van Gaal may decide to make minimal changes and rotate only where necessary.