Manchester United face injury crisis ahead of PSV encounter

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Manchester United struggling with injuries as they prepare to face PSV

Manchester United face injury crisis ahead of PSV encounter

SHOWS: MANCHESTER UNITED v PSV EINDHOVEN PREVIEW, MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 24, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER LOUIS VAN GAAL SAYING:

“We have five injured players, you know Luke Shaw, then there is (Antonio) Valencia who was operated on a few weeks ago, and after the international break there is Michael Carrick and then in the last match we had (Ander) Herrera and Phil Jones so they can not play, all the other players are available.”

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER LOUIS VAN GAAL SAYING:

“I think the first match was very disappointing, not only because of the result but also for the loss of Luke Shaw, for me he is a very important player and I said in advance that he would be the revelation of this season, because last season it was his adaptation season, and he was on his way to do that. Because of that I did not buy a left full back because I had for example Danny Blind and Marcus Rojo, good players who could play in that position, and also Ashley Young. I think I can manage the situation but still it is a big loss because he is the best full back for Manchester United.”

STORY: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday (November 24) that his team are struggling with injuries as they prepare to face PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League at Old Trafford.

United could be without nine front-line players for the visit of Dutch champions PSV in Group B on Wednesday after defender Phil Jones (ankle) and midfielder Ander Herrera (hamstring) were injured in the Premier League win at Watford.

Striker Wayne Rooney is also a doubt after missing Saturday’s match with an illness, while 19-year-old French forward Anthony Martial has a foot injury.

United could also be without James Wilson, who injured his knee in training on Friday, while Michael Carrick damaged an ankle on England duty, Marouane Fellaini has yet to return from a calf injury and Antonio Valencia will be out until January after having surgery on a foot problem.

“We have five injured players, you know Luke Shaw, then there is Valencia who was operated on a few weeks ago, and after the international break there is Michael Carrick and then in the last match we had Herrera and Phil Jones so they can not play, but all the other players are fit,” van Gaal said at a press conference.

Old Trafford fans could be planning a hot reception for PSV’s Hector Moreno, whose sliding tackle resulted in Luke Shaw’s broken leg in United’s 2-1 away defeat in their opening match of the group in September.

“I think the first match was very disappointing, not only because of the result but also for the loss of Luke Shaw, for me he is a very important player and I said in advance that he would be the revelation of this season, because last season it was his adaptation season, and he was on his way to do that. Because of that I did not buy a left full back because I had for example Danny Blind and Marcus Rojo, good players who could play in that position, and also Ashley Young. I think I can manage the situation but still it is a big loss because he is the best full back for Manchester United,” van Gaal said.

United have since beaten VfL Wolfsburg and CSKA Moscow at home as well as drawing 1-1 in Moscow to lead Group B by one point from PSV and Wolfsburg.

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