United's injured XI: Stronger than potentially available team to face Arsenal?

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We create an injured XI out of Manchester United's struggling stars, with 12 players who could be out against Arsenal.

Manchester United's injury crisis has become so drastic over the past week that the players who could be out for their game against Arsenal this weekend may make a stronger line-up than the one they can actually field.

United take on Arsenal with 12 players rated as doubtful to make the match and the Red Devils' physios at Old Trafford are having to earn their wages this week, with the treatment room filling up. 

In this piece we take a look at the strongest XI United could make out of the team who are currently struggling with injury. 

David De Gea (Goalkeeper)

After dislocating a finger while playing for Spain, there are concerns that De Gea may not be able to perform to the best of his ability. 

Luke Shaw (Left-back)

United's expensive summer signing has had a troublesome time at the club so far due to injury and it seems he could be left on the sidelines again this weekend. Shaw picked up a hamstring knock in England's game against Scotland last night, but carried on playing through the pain, which may disappoint his club side. 

Marcos Rojo (Centre-back)

The Argentine defender picked up a shoulder injury playing against Manchester City last month, which he still has not recovered from.

Phil Jones (Centre-back)

Jones has been suffering with shin-splints and may not be fit enough to start on Saturday. 

Rafael (Right-back)

Muscular pain is cited as the reason why Rafael's participation against Arsenal is rated as unlikely. 

Angel Di Maria (Left-midfield)

Taken off at half-time in Argentina's friendly against Portugal yesterday evening, Angel Di Maria was hurt in a challenge with Nani. 

Daley Blind (Central-midfield)

A definite absentee, Daley Blind looks set for a lengthy absence after picking up a serious injury on international duty.

Michael Carrick (Central-midfield)

Unlikely to be fully match-fit, after playing in just two games since returning from injury it will be a struggle for Carrick to last the 90 minutes. 

Ashley Young (Right-midfield)

One of the stars of United's pre-season tour of America, Young has had his progress under Louis van Gaal thwarted due to injury. 

Jesse Lingard (Striker)

Cruelly injured after breaking into the first-team, Jesse Lingard is still recovering from a knee problem.

Radamel Falcao (Striker)

Radamel Falcao has done little to allay United fans' fears that he may struggle to stay fit this season. He has been sidelined for much of his time at Old Trafford so far and it looks like the match against Arsenal will come too soon for him. 

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