Van Gaal: We were top of league without injuries

Date published: Tuesday 23rd February 2016 9:18

Louis van Gaal has again bemoaned Manchester United’s injuries after two more players were sidelined against Shrewsbury.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (knock) and Will Keane (groin) suffered injuries in the 3-0 victory over League One Shrewsbury on Monday evening, adding to a growing list of absentees for United.

Van Gaal is currently dealing with 11 injuries to his first-team squad, including captain Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper David de Gea.

The Dutchman has revealed that De Gea, who was injured warming up ahead of the Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland last Thursday, is close to a return.

“It was not so heavy the injury, so it is possible for Thursday but it is also possible against Arsenal,” he said.

“[The Midtjylland match] in my opinion is a big game because it’s a chance to qualify for the Champions League next season. But we have to win a lot of matches of course, it’s easily spoken about but doing it is different. But it is possible and then we’ll see.”

Van Gaal believes that injuries have decimated his squad throughout the season. United topped the Premier League table after a mid-September victory over Sunderland, at which stage a title challenge looked possible.

“I think in March a lot of players are coming back and then we’ll have a full selection, and with our full selection we were first in the Premier League,” Van Gaal told BT Sport.

“It’s unbelievable. Also, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, I changed at half-time, because of injury.

“I changed Juan Mata to give him a rest and also Anthony Martial. Then the sub also gets injured. But it’s also the programme, I think.”

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