Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he is struggling with cope with the current injuries in his squad.
United have been one of the most injury-hit teams in the English top flight so far this season, and it seems that it is getting to Van Gaal.
The Dutchman has openly admitted that he is frustrated with the number of unavailable players and told MUTV: ‘As a coach, you’re always prepared and are used to a lot of injuries but I’m not used to this many injuries.
‘At most clubs I have trained, we have had very few injured players but now I’m here for the first time and we are always having a lot of injuries. This week, we still have seven injuries.
‘I can hardly make a choice as there are so many players we do not have. I’m very disappointed but very sad for the players. There are players falling injured again and it’s difficult.
'We don’t know what we are doing wrong. So we have evaluated it ourselves but it will take a lot of time and it is still going on. It's a big disappointment but we can only play with 11 men against City so there is not any problem’.
Many might suggest that this is nothing but an ‘excuse’ from Van Gaal, but it cannot be ignored that United have suffered with injuries throughout the campaign so far.
However, United are not the first and won’t be the last team to be hit by injuries this season. Such a problem opens the door to second-string and young players, and perhaps Van Gaal should try to inspire them to rise to the occasion.