David De Gea: Why Man United have been unlucky

David De Gea says Manchester United have been unlucky with injuries so far this season

David De Gea says Manchester United have been unlucky with injuries so far this season.

Jesse Lingard and Paddy McNair were forced off during United’s surprise 2-1 defeat by promoted side Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium in the Premier League last weekend.

They are slowly returning one by one, which will give us a very strong side

David De Gea

However, there was some good news for the 20-time English champions after Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney all returned to training this week ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash.

And United goalkeeper De Gea believes the Red Devils will be a much stronger side when their injuries subside as Louis van Gaal’s side looks to end a five-game winless run in all competitions.

“We’ve been really unlucky in that respect,” De Gea told MUTV.

“We’ve picked up lots of injuries to really important players. But thankfully, they are slowly returning one by one, which will give us a very strong side.

“We need to continue to improve, to play better and to win matches. We will keep going.”

Van Gaal confirmed that Matteo Darmian and Jesse Lingard are both still unavailable to face Norwich at his pre-match media conference on Friday.

Latest Man United injury update: Players out/doubts

Matteo Darmian (hamstring)
Ashley Young (doubt)
Jesse Lingard (hamstring)
Paddy McNair (cramp)
Chris Smalling (groin)
Ander Herrera (hamstring)
Marcos Rojo (shoulder)
Wayne Rooney (ankle)
Luke Shaw (broken leg)
Antonio Valencia (ankle)

Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are all long-term absentees, while Bastian Schweinsteiger is still suspended as part of his three-game ban.

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United haven’t secured a Premier League win since a 2-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road on 21 November.

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