Louis van Gaal feels Manchester United’s squad has been stretched too thin following injuries to numerous midfielders.
Prior to the injury of any midfielder in the squad, United’s midfield was poor in comparison to Europe’s elite but now that Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Tom Cleverley and Nick Powell are the only fit midfielders, United’s midfield has become a laughing stock.
“Herrera is injured, so I have four midfielders missing – Herrera, Fellaini, Lingard and Carrick,” Van Gaal said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“So it’s a little bit thin in midfield. That is also a problem, but it is very difficult – as I explained last week – it is very difficult when you have a trip to the US, to prepare for the season.
“It is too early to say with Herrera, because it happened on Thursday in training. It is too early to make a scan, it is the same situation as Fellaini.”
To say United’s midfield is ‘looking a little thin’ is a massive understatement and with less than ten days left in the window, something miraculous will have to happen to solve that situation.
Underinvestment of a period of years has led United into the current scenario they find themselves and until that changes, midfield will continue to be the Achilles heel of United.