'He's on crutches' - van Gaal on possible United blow; hints at debut for Shaw

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Manchester United could be without yet another defender after Jonny Evans had to leave the King Power Stadium on crutches according to his manager.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been speaking about the injury suffered by Jonny Evans during the 5-3 away defeat to Leicester City.

The Northern Ireland international left the field in the 30th minute, replaced by Chris Smalling when the score was 2-1 to United.

But by the end of the game the visitors’ defence was all over the place, with the Foxes running them ragged and Tyler Blackett dismissed late on for a foul on Jamie Vardy.

With Phil Jones already out injured and Rafael failing to look like a quality right-back despite making 100 appearances for the club, Evans’ injury means Louis van Gaal’s defence looks no closer to being the solid and reliable entity that would allow their multi-million front-line to make the headlines.

Speaking after the match, the United boss said of Evans, “He got a kick. I don’t know how bad it is. We have to wait and see. He’s on crutches.”

However, the Dutchman did not feel his defence would suffer too much following what appears to be another injury blow.

“I think (Luke) Shaw will be fit enough to play,” he said, “and (Marcos) Rojo and Smalling can play. We can manage.”

That is assuming no more players pick up knocks in the build-up to their next league match, which is against West Ham United next weekend.

However it does appear that Shaw is closing in on his United debut, and he will be hoping to strengthen a back-line that at times looked woeful against an impressive Leicester side.

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