Jesse Lingard and Paddy McNair joined the Manchester United wounded by picking up injuries during their humiliating 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth yesterday.
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Manager Louis van Gaal told United’s official website that McNair’s late withdrawal was merely down to cramp, but is more concerned about Lingard’s fitness.
The 22-year-old winger limped off after 31 minutes at the Vitality Stadium with a suspected hamstring problem, and Van Gaal seems to be fearing the worst.
“McNair had cramp, he hasn’t played much this season,” United’s website quotes Van Gaal as saying. “With Lingard, it is a second occurrence in a short space of time so we will have to see.”
The Red Devils already had a lengthy list of absentees including Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Matteo Darmian.
His resources have been so stretched that Van Gaal was forced to give full debuts to youngsters Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson at full-back.
Their starting XI still comprised of eight full internationals and yet was arguably among the weakest that United have fielded in the Premier League era.
The defeat increased the pressure on Van Gaal, and means that the Red Devils could drop out of the top four if Tottenham Hotspur beat Newcastle United today.
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