Van Gaal dealt another defensive blow with centre back facing a month out injured

Manchester United are struggling enough in defence already, but now Jonny Evans is facing a month out injured.

Manchester United have had a tough start to life under new manager Louis van Gaal, winning just one of their first five Premier league games and leaking goals left, right and centre. The 4-0 loss to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup was bad enough, but Sunday's defeat to Leicester was as bad as it has been.

Leading 3-1 in the second half, the Red Devils somehow managed to throw the game away by conceding four goals in just 21 minutes as Leicester ran riot, exploiting United's shocking defence with incisive counter attacking. Questions continue to be raised over van Gaal's tactics and particularly his summer spending.

United spent £150m on acquiring new talent, but put only £16m of that on the centre of their defence in Sporting Lisbon's Marcos Rojo - despite knowing that both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were leaving the club on free transfers this summer. A dominant leader was needed in the heart of their defence, but van Gaal didn't sign one.

That has left United woefully exposed in defence, especially given that Chris Smalling has recently been out injured, Phil Jones is still nursing a hamstring injury and Tyler Blackett is suspended after his red card against Leicester - and as if that wasn't bad enough, Jonny Evans will now face time on the sidelines too.

The Northern Ireland international, 26, was substituted after just 30 minutes against Leicester on Sunday with an ankle injury, and reports tonight suggest that Evans faces a month out injured - further increasing United's defensive woes. The reports speculate that Evans had a scan on his injury on Monday, and that United medical staff believe it will take around four weeks to heal.

United face West Ham at Old Trafford this Sunday, and the chances are that van Gaal will be forced into playing a back four of Rafael, Chris Smalling, Rojo and Luke Shaw - which the Hammers will be hoping to take full advantage of.

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