Soccer – Injuries hamper LVG’s plans


Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal, whose side are 3/1 with Bet365 to win at Stamford Bridge, says he has a puzzle to solve, with injuries to several key players ruining his plans for the trip to Chelsea.

The Red Devils tactician has confirmed that Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo will miss the game at Stamford Bridge, having all been injured in the stunning 4-2 derby win over Manchester City on Sunday.
Van Gaal does have Luke Shaw available to come in at left-back, but his options in a holding midfield role are limited due to the absences of Carrick, Blind and Jones.
Paddy McNair is poised to take his place in the centre of defence alongside Chris Smalling, with Jonny Evans still suspended, with Van Gaal admitting that he has plenty to ponder for the showdown with the current Premier League leaders.
He told reporters: “It is the worst scenario. Marcos and Phil can both play left central defender and Jonny Evans is also suspended, so I do not have many choices.
“Daley Blind and Michael Carrick could play as a holding midfield player and I do not have another option. It is a puzzle.”