English Premiership

United running out of defenders

2014-09-22 09:04
Louis van Gaal (File)

Cape Town - Louis van Gaal admitted his defensive options were a bit thin after injuries and suspension ravaged his back line.

Leicester City v Manchester United 

Manchester United will host West Ham United on Saturday, September 27 but will be without the services of Tyler Blackett and more than likely Jonny Evans. England international Phil Jones is also on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Evans was injured during his side's spectacular loss to Leicester City while Blackett faces some time on the sidelines after being dismissed late in the game for a cynical foul on Leonardo Ulloa.

Louis van Gaal spoke about his defensive problems after the match.

“I don't know how bad Evans is,” van Gaal said.

“We have to wait for a scan tomorrow but he is on crutches.”

Manchester United's defender crisis could see Luke Shaw make his debut against West Ham.

“I think that Shaw shall be fit enough to play,” van Gaal  told MUTV.

Van Gaal looks set to move Marcos Rojo into the centre of his defence with Chris Smalling, who made a substitute appearance against Leicester, his likely partner.

“Rojo can play and Smalling can play, so we can manage. But it's a thin choice.”

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