Manchester United take on Arsenal this weekend, in a huge Premier League game in which could well decide the Red Devils’ fate come next May. Win, the club could be back in the title race. Lose, and we’d be struggling for a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Before the huge clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday, United could well have a major injury crisis on their hands. At the weekend, both Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay played in a back three, while things could have gotten even worse since then.
That’s according to the Daily Telegraph, who says that Mourinho could potentially be without as many as eight first-team defenders through injury.
First up, we have Ashley Young, who picked up his fifth booking of the season meaning he’s suspended for this one, while Luke Shaw hobbled off against his former club, Southampton, at the weekend, with an injury.
Then you have Victor Lindelof who has been ruled out for the foreseeable with a problem picked up while playing against Crystal Palace, while both Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling are dealing with problems with kept them out of United’s last game. That takes the Red Devils’ tally to 5.
Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are two options that United could utilise, although both were carrying knocks against Southampton. Finally, you have Marcos Rojo, who is still working on getting himself back to full fitness…
Hopefully, at least one or two of these guys can pull through, because honestly, I dread to think what the score will be if United field a back four containing Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay…