Manchester United find themselves in somewhat of an injury crisis heading into their final Premier League match before the international break.
The Times report that left-back Luke Shaw will miss the next five weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday, which would see the Englishman miss the Red Devils’ upcoming games against Southampton, Leicester, West Ham and Arsenal.
United have a severe lack of cover in the left-back department, though, with Ashley Young filling in there last season. The 34-year-old came on for Shaw against Palace on Saturday but struggled to contain the electric-quick Wilfried Zaha on the Eagles’ wing, something controversially highlighted by the Eagles’ official Twitter account.
Young could now line-up on the left-hand side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back-four this Saturday against Southampton.
Failing that, Marcos Rojo could be drafted in as Shaw’s replacement. The Argentinian is predominantly a centre-half but is adept to playing at left-back and is left footed so will be more than comfortable filling in, despite not featuring for United at all this season, and only six times in total last term.
Rojo was rumoured to be leaving Old Trafford this week – with AC Milan reportedly interested in the 29-year-old – though with Shaw’s latest set-back considered, could now be kept on at United until January.
Diogo Dalot would have been the obvious replacement for Shaw, but he is still out injured and is not expected to return until after the international break, The Times via UtdReport.
The 20-year-old, who joined United from Porto last summer, has missed the Red Devils’ opening three league matches against Chelsea, Wolves and Crystal Palace and will be absent for this weekend’s trip to the south coast, but is expected to be ready and available for the visit of Leicester on September 14th.
This will act as a boost to the club considering his versatility and ability to play on either side of the back-line if required. United are also without Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who are both sidelined with knee injuries.
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