The medical team at Manchester United must be on their toes in the forthcoming weeks. Ahead of the crucial match against Arsenal lunchtime on Saturday, the Red Devils are in a bit of injury concerns, as they look set to play without most of the first team in the clash against 4th placed Arsenal.
United sit three points behind fifth-placed Tottenham, and a win for us will throw the top 4 race into another shake up. Wayne Rooney picked up a swollen knee injury in England’s game against Scotland on Friday, and was sent back to Manchester for further tests, according to the Mirror.
Summer signing, Eric Bailly is out until Christmas while Chris Smalling is still three weeks away from full fitness. The likes of Shaw and Antonio Valencia are also doubts for the game against the Gunners. England left back, Shaw was criticised recently by Mourinho for not wanting to play through the pain barrier, after he declared himself unfit for the last game against Swansea.
Valencia is recovering from a broken right arm, though his recovery is going faster than expected, but Saturday’s match may be too soon for him to feature in the first team. Marouane Fellaini is also a doubt for the game.
Like Rooney, he was sent back from the national team camp for an injury he sustained in the Swansea game, which United won 3-1, courtesy of a brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a scorcher from world record signing, Paul Pogba. Jose Mourinho’s men currently sit sixth on the log, some eight points behind league leaders, Liverpool. The Red Devils had a brilliant start to the season, after picking up maximum points from their first three games. But, a defeat in the derby against Manchester City back in September has seen them collect just 9 points from their last eight matches.
The 20-time English champions are trying to re-assert themselves as the kings in the country, as they splurged over £150m in the summer to acquire marquee players. The injury worries will irk Mourinho, as he looks to rebound from what was a dreadful campaign for him last season, in charge of Chelsea.