Van Gaal gives latest Man United injury update ahead of Chelsea trip
Louis van Gaal reveals that Manchester United will be without four key players for Saturday's trip to Chelsea
Manchester United will be without Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Daley Blind for Saturday’s crunch Premier League clash at Chelsea, Louis van Gaal has revealed.
Midfielder Carrick picked up an injury in the second half of United’s 4-2 win over Manchester City and has not recovered in time to face Jose Mourinho’s leaders in west London on Saturday afternoon.
Rojo and Blind also sustained problems during United’s thumping win over their local rivals and will not be fit for the trip to Stamford Bridge.
However, Van Gaal confirmed that Luke Shaw is fit and available for selection after he suffered an injury during the FA Cup defeat by Arsenal last month.
Speaking to MUTV, Van Gaal said: “Carrick is injured, he cannot play.
“But not only Michael Carrick – Daley Blind, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo cannot play. It cannot be worse because it’s two players in the left central defensive positions, and Jonny Evans is still suspended. Blind and Carrick play in the holding position in midfield, so I have to change my line-up a lot against Chelsea.
“[The new injuries] are all from the game against Manchester City. Blind has played on because he always wants to play on, but the tackle from [Vincent] Kompany was of course the reason.
“Jones, I took him off the pitch already because he injured himself in the second half. Rojo, he was complaining after the match, and Carrick was also off. So it’s not surprising, but we had a big hope that Blind and Jones could reach this game but they could not.”
Van Gaal also hinted that striker Robin van Persie could be back available for selection again after his lay-off due to an ankle injury.
The United boss continued: “Shaw has trained for a lot of weeks already so he can play. Van Persie is another story. This is the first week he’s trained with the first team, but maybe we have to think about him.”
Earlier, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho talked up United’s strength in depth.