In what would be good news to all Chelsea fans world wide, Manchester United manager has confirmed that not less than four key Manchester United players will miss the clash against Chelsea this weekend. Speaking to the press men ahead of the weekend clash, the Dutchman confirmed the likes of Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Daley Blind are all going to miss the clash.
“Carrick is injured, he cannot play. But not only Michael Carrick – Daley Blind, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo cannot play.
“It cannot be worse because it’s two players in the left central defensive positions, and Jonny Evans is still suspended. Daley Blind and Michael Carrick play in the holding position in midfield, so I have to change my line-up a lot against Chelsea.”
“They are all from the game against Manchester City. Blind has played on because he always wants to play on, but the tackle from [Vincent] Kompany was of course the reason.
“Jones, I took him off the pitch already because he injured himself in the second half. Rojo, he was complaining after the match, and Carrick was also off. So it’s not surprising for me, but we had a big hope that Blind and Jones could reach this game but they could not.”
“Shaw has trained for a lot of weeks already so he can play. Van Persie is another story. This is the first week he has trained with us, with the first team, but maybe we have to think about him.”
This news will be a major blow to Manchester United who are already without Jonny Evans who is still serving out his six-game suspension. The new injuries leaves United extremely short of quality back up in defense. Louis Van Gaal may have to call on inexperienced Paddy McNair to play alongside Chris Smalling in the centre of their defense against Chelsea.
Although Chelsea are also likely to be without Remy and definitely without Diego Costa, united’s fragile defense can only increase Chelsea’s chances of winning the match and getting a hand on the title.