Manchester United's Injury Report: Where does Louis van Gaal's team stand at the moment?
Manchester United’s manager Louis van Gaal was all in smiles when he addressed the media yesterday as he revealed that only one player of the first team is injured and that almost everyone is in contention for selection. United have already suffered 56 injuries this season which makes it almost three injuries per match for the Red Devils.
But to their supporters delight, the injuries have died down and several players are coming back, after long spells of absence. "We have only one player injured. Can you believe it? Only one. I have to select for the first time in my career in Manchester United the 11 and the 18 players," exclaimed Van Gaal with delight.
Ashley Young is the only player in the squad who is injured at this moment and has been sidelined for 6 weeks due to a hamstring injury.
Barring the winger, everyone has been training for one or two weeks. Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind, and Marouane Fellaini have trained and may make their comebacks. Blind last played against Crystal Palace before suffering a knee injury in November, Valencia had a groin problem sustained in the nil-nil draw against Tottenham and Fellaini’s absence was compounded first due to illness and then a cracked rib.
Marcos Rojo will return to training on Saturday but may not start the game. Along with the returning players, the manager also discussed Angel Di Maria and said he was given time to regain some match fitness.
He said, "Blind has trained the full week with us. Angel Di Maria has played only 20 minutes and that is because of match rhythm. I have only one injured player, but I don't have 100 percent match-fit players.”
"That is a different thing. Of course Di Maria is further than Daley Blind or Rojo but I have to select and select the best team and also I have to watch the qualities of Southampton and how I can reduce that quality by our line-up and also our gameplan."
Doubts over fullbacks Rafael and Luke Shaw were put to bed by Van Gaal who said, "They [Shaw and Rafael] can play," Van Gaal added while speaking to MUTV. "They are both not injured. Rafael da Silva was, of course, operated on, and maybe we don't take any risk with him, but Shaw can also play."
Manchester United host Southampton on Sunday making it a top 4 clash as both the teams fight for Champions League places. In the last match at St. Marys, United prevailed by 2-1 but Southampton possess enough threat to topple this United side. Should the Saints prevail, they will take United’s position in the league table.