Saturday 16 December 2017

Manchester United's injured XI: The best team from the Red Devils crocked stars

Manchester United are in a deep injury crisis
Manchester United are in a deep injury crisis

Louis van Gaal's list of injured players comprises an entire XI that looks a lot stronger than his available team...

David de Gea

Injury: Knee

How? Injured himself in the warm-up to the Europa League tie at FC Midtjylland.

Return date: Undetermined

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Manchester United's David de Gea. (Lars Poulsen/POLFOTO via AP) DENMARK OUT

Matteo Darmian

Injury: Dislocated shoulder

How? Injured in the defeat against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last week.

Return date: Unclear, but at least another month.

Manchester United's Matteo Darmian down injured

Phil Jones

Injury: Ankle

How? Limped off at half-time in the game against Swansea at Old Trafford in January.

Return date: Soon - possibly in the next 10 days.

Phil Jones (2nd R) of Manchester United receives medical treatment during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United

Marcos Rojo

Injury: Dislocated shoulder

How? Sustained the injury in training following the 0-0 draw with PSV Eindhoven in November.

Return date: Possibly the start of next month. Louis van Gaal recently suggested "the light at the end of the tunnel is more for Rojo".

Marcos Rojo has had a shoulder operation

Luke Shaw

Injury: Broken leg

How? Hurt in the Champions League trip to PSV Eindhoven, when a tackle from Hector Moreno saw him suffer a compound fracture.

Return date: Possibly April, but more likely next season.

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Luke Shaw suffered a broken leg during Manchester United’s game against PSV in September last year

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Injury: Knee

How? Suffered a tear in his right knee in the FA Cup win over Sheffield United in January.

Return date: Early March.

Bastian Schweinsteiger will sit out three games

Marouane Fellaini

Injury: Hamstring

How? Suffered a suspected tear in training.

Return date: If the worst is confirmed, Fellaini is unlikely to play again before April.

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Marouane Fellaini has still yet to establish himself despite his big-money move from Everton: Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine

Antonio Valencia

Injury: Foot

How? Damaged the bone anove his left foot in the game against Manchester City, and duly underwent surgery.

Return date: Van Gaal is hopeful he could return early next month.

Antonio Valencia looks set for a long lay-off with his foot injury

Adnan Januzaj

Injury: Hamstring

How? Hobbled off during United's under-21 game against Norwich last week.

Return date: Should return soon.

Adnan Januzaj has to work his way back to fitness

Ashley Young

Injury: Groin

How? Hurt himself in the 1-0 win at Liverpool and had to undergo surgery.

Return date: Will not play again this season.

Ashley Young suffered a groin injury in the match against Liverpool

Wayne Rooney

Injury: Knee

How? Danaged his knee in the 2-1 defeat at Sunderland.

Return date: Out for a minimum of another six weeks.

Anthony Martial, right, is the man most likely to take Wayne Rooney's spot

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