Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been speaking to the media ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Red Devils will head into the encounter on the back of a shock 5-3 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last weekend.
United seemed to be cruising to victory by the hour mark when they were 3-1 up, but Leicester staged a remarkable comeback.
Four goals and the sending-off of Tyler Blackett in the space of just 21 minutes saw the Manchester outfit suffer a 5-3 defeat, and one which once again raised doubts on Van Gaal’s defence.
Defence will again be a concern for United against West Ham on Saturday, as the Dutchman has revealed that he has injury problems at the back for the encounter.
Van Gaal: "We have nine injuries and one suspension with Blackett. The younger players can have their chance now." #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 25, 2014
The #mufc manager also explains that three right-sided centre-backs - Jones, Evans and Smalling - will miss Saturday's game vs West Ham.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 25, 2014
Van Gaal: "Evans' bone is bruised. Smalling left yesterday's session because he had stiff legs. I won't take risks with players." #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 25, 2014
It will be interesting to see what United’s defence against the Hammers will look like. Will Van Gaal revert to his three-man backline? Or will he stick with the back-four system?
Whatever formation Van Gaal deploys against West Ham, he will certainly not want his players to collapse the way they did against Leicester last weekend.