Manchester United Injury Crisis: How Van Gaal’s Makeshift Defence Could Look Against Swansea

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United set to be without key players for season opener.

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks set to deploy his 3-4-1-2 formation in a competitive match for the first time this afternoon when the Red Devils host Swansea City in their opening Premier League game – but the Dutchman has a growing injury crisis to contend with.

Nine first team players are unavailable for selection for the match against the Swans, something that is set to hit van Gaal particularly hard in defence, with Antonio Valencia, Jonny Evans and Luke Shaw all missing, meaning that this makeshift back five is set to take to the field against Garry Monk’s side:

Right Wing Back – Ashley Young

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Winger Ashley Young has been playing at wing back during United’s pre-season tour of the USA to reasonable effect – and is likely to continue in that role this afternoon with Antonio Valencia injured and Rafael not in his manager’s plans. Swansea will certainly be looking to exploit Young defensively, with the former Aston Villa man a player who has never been known for his work rate or defensive contribution.

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