Man United’s bad injury situation just keeps getting worse

by Sam Peoples

Another day, another Manchester United player gets injured.

The news that Marcos Rojo has dislocated his shoulder is bad for Man United but even worse when you consider the current context of our injuries at the moment.

With Luke Shaw already out, Rojo’s injury forced Louis van Gaal to switch to the dreaded 5-3-2 formation against Leicester City last week. We all thought we’d seen the end of that formation. Alas, we hadn’t.

Hopefully Daley Blind is drafted into the left-back slot and Paddy McNair is brought into the heart of defence but that in itself is a move which will weaken, or at least shake-up, the strongest part of our team so far this season at centre-back.

When you can keep the same back five and build your team around it, the stability that brings is the foundation for a Premier League title push. Without it, managers understandably find it very difficult to build and sustain and progress because there’s constant changes.

It would be terrible for us to lose our defensive stability and shape because we’re so poor in attack right now that we need that protection at the back. Without it, the draws turn into defeats and wins turn into draws.

I’m hoping van Gaal can give us a surprisingly positive update on injuries during his Friday press conference ahead of the West Ham game. A return for Ander Herrera or Phil Jones, ideally the former, would be a boost to United’s options but the real problem lies at left-back which is a crucial role in van Gaal’s system.

At the start of the season we had very little injuries and everything looked to be running like clockwork. Now, with lots of injuries starting to pile up, the real quality in the depth of our squad is going to start getting really tested and there is a big risk of some issues being exposed in certain positions.

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