Manchester United


By Tomilayo Alapinni

Marcos Rojo: The Argentine lunged forward to tackle his countryman Sergio Aguero and he appeared to have landed on his shoulder thereby sustaining a dislocation. Rojo and his father have played down the seriousness but the club were a bit cautious with their statements on his injury. Apart from the certain fact that the defender will miss the next game, no return date is currently set for him.

Rafael: It was a shocker for most Manchester United fans when the official Manchester United twitter handle stated the energetic Brazilian will miss the Manchester derby after he picked up an injury last Thursday. There is no return date set for the full-back yet and it appears that Antonio Valencia will have to continue deputizing for him.

Ashley Young: The former Aston Villa man was ruled out of the QPR clash after suffering an injury in training. Young was completely out of favour before the tour of the United States but with an encouraging performance and a couple of goals, he was able to convince Van Gaal that he still has some tricks up his sleeves. Preliminary tests indicated that the winger could be out for about 4 weeks but new developments have revealed that Young won’t be making a return anytime soon.

Phil Jones: Phil suffered from a hamstring injury in England’s Euro 2016 tie against Switzerland. He was pulled out in the 77th minute of the 2-0 victory having already put up a breath-taking display for Roy Hodgson’s men in Basel. On returning to Manchester, the player was ruled out for a couple of weeks. Seeing as the Red Devils are low on defensive options, Phil will most likely make a return in the Sunday clash against Crystal Palace.

Radamel Falcao: The Colombian’s recurrent injury has pestered and although he insisted that his present injury had nothing to do with the severe knee injury that kept him out of the recent World Cup finals, it has still affected him to the extent that he is yet to complete a full 90 minutes for his Manchester employers. It could be much worse for Falcao as rumours have it that the permanent deal that the club is preparing for him could be hampered if he sustains another injury this season. He is due to return to training on the 8th of November, 2014.

Jonny Evans: When Manchester United fell to an ignominious 5-3 defeat at the King Power stadium against Leicester, they not only lost their sense of pride, but also their most senior centre-back. The Northern Ireland international, Jonny Evans, suffered a leg injury while he was trying to block a Leonardo Ulloa shot and hobbled off just before half-time. The 26-year-old was later seen with a wooden brace on his leg and initial scan ruled him about for about 3 weeks and was due to return by October 26, 2014, but recent reports have declined to fix a date for the Irishman’s return..

Jesse Lingard: When Louis van Gaal gave Jesse a spot in the starting line up in Manchester United’s opening day defeat to Swansea, the youngster must have hoped to impress the Dutch with an awesome debut performance, but those chances appear to have washed away when he hurt his right leg in a challenge with Swansea’s Ashley Williams and was later-on pictured leaving Bridgewater Hospital the following Sunday. Jesse’s return date is currently unspecified.