Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has been left short at the back ahead of his side’s Premier League clash at home to West Ham United.
A number of players have been beset with injuries this season, with regular defenders Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans all ruled out of action this weekend.
Following the summer departures of Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, the Red Devils have so far used a number of players as replacements including rookie Tyler Blackett.
Their absence naturally left a huge void to fill, yet Van Gaal’s persistence on strengthening other areas of his team meant that United started the season relying on a rather injury-prone backline.
So far, Jones, Smalling and Evans have yet to participate consistently and when asked on their previous injury record, Van Gaal admits to being aware.
“I have been told and now they are confirming that,” he said, quoted by the Mirror.
Worryingly for the trio their new boss has his own style, his own ways of managing the club and his tolerance towards injuries appears to be thin.
The former Bayern Munich boss reminded the press that his teams usually have good records when it comes to injuries, hinting that he’s not one to hang around with those who spend too much time in the treatment room.
“But I have good hopes that we shall improve in that matter, because normally I don’t have any injuries.” He added.
It remains to be seen whether Van Gaal is planning a future without his current casualties, though rumours suggest that some much-needed reinforcements at the back are the next pieces of the jigsaw as Valencia star Nicolas Otamendi is the latest name to be linked with a big-money move to Old Trafford.