United boss Van Gaal calms fears over Patrick McNair injury worry

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal reveals why Patrick McNair was substituted in injury time yesterday.

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal told reporters after the club's win over Crystal Palace that defender Patrick McNair was taken off in the final minutes as a precaution.

The Manchester United official Twitter feed quotes: "Van Gaal reveals McNair came off with cramp, feeling the effects of a full game and last week's derby outing, following his injury absence."

The 19-year-old has become a member of United’s first-team squad this season and made his debut in the 2-1 victory over West Ham United in September.

His inclusion has partly been down to the large number of injuries among the Red Devils’ back line but his performances to date have been highly praised.

Due to the recent shoulder injury sustained to Argentine centre-back Marcos Rojo, McNair was charged with the task of partnering Daley Blind at the heart if United’s defence for the visit of Palace.

The youngster performed admirably, keeping the visitors at bay while also starting off a number of attacks with crisp passing out from the back.

With the game all-but tied up in injury time, the Old Trafford crowd must have feared the worst when he pulled up and was subsequently substituted for Darren Fletcher.

Van Gaal however has since calmed fears of a possible injury by revealing to the press that McNair was feeling the effects of a full 90 minutes and taken off as a precaution due to pulling up with cramp.

With so many United players currently on the side-lines, the international break can be seen as good opportunity to regroup and recharge the batteries. 

The 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace leaves the Old Trafford outfit in sixth spot in the Premier League table, two points behind West Ham United in fourth.

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