Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford.
It will be the first game that United will play after the two-week international break and will be determined to win it. Van Gaal has yet to register a competitive victory as the Red Devils manager, and he will have to do it on Sunday without one of his main central defenders.
England international Phil Jones has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury. The 22-year-old picked up the problem during the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in Basel on Monday.
No fewer than nine first-team players are currently nursing injuries, including last summer’s £27.5 million signing from Everton, Marouane Fellaini, who is more than a month away, according to Van Gaal.
One good news for United fans is that England left-back Luke Shaw could make an appearance against QPR. The 19-year-old has been struggling for the last few weeks, but seems to have recovered enough to take his place on the substitutes’ bench at least.
Van Gaal on the #mufc team to face QPR: "We shall see who plays on Sunday. I'm a coach who always decides based on what I have observed."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2014
Boss: "Fellaini is more than a month away, Jones maybe three weeks or a month. Carrick isn't ready but has run for the first time on grass."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2014
Van Gaal: "Johnstone has elbow problems, Smalling isn't fit enough, Wilson and James are not ready yet. Young and Lingard are also injured."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2014