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Man United starter refutes LVG assertion that injuries led to Europa League loss

While Louis van Gaal is maintaining that the late injuries to Wayne Rooney and David de Gea ultimately cost Manchester United to lose to Midtjylland in the Europa League, some of his starters – namely Michael Carrick – are a little less willing to stick to the script.

According to the Metro, following Man United’s 2-1 loss to Midtjylland, Carrick refused to ‘use injuries as an excuse’ and said that just because the team suffered injuries doesn’t excuse the players from how they performed against the Danish side.

‘I don’t think you can use injuries as an excuse,’ said Carrick.

‘Injuries are part of the game. It is something that is not ideal and sure we want everyone fit but I can’t make any excuses.

‘I can’t put that down as a reason for losing the game.’

Louis van Gaal blamed the loss of 14 significant players to injuries over the last few months, including but not limited to Rooney, De Gea, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Bastian Scweinsteiger for the team’s poor performance in their last few fixtures.

Last week Man United suffered an embarrassing defeat to Sunderland, which preceded their loss to Midtjylland.

The Red Devils will take on Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup in a match that could very well make or break the Dutch manager’s tenure at Old Trafford. Though with the players now calling out his own words to the public, he may have already lost the locker room.

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