Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been handed a boost ahead of the Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, following the return to training of three first-team players.
Club captain Wayne Rooney, along with Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini, were picture training at United’s Aon complex in Carrington this morning, after missing out against Watford at the weekend.
However, they could all be in contention for a first-team return against the Eredivisie champions this week, in a game that could see United secure their passage to the Round of 16 in the Champions League.
Manchester United could go into Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter against PSV Eindhoven without 10 senior players.
Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, James Wilson, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw were all missing for the 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday.
Ander Herrera and Phil Jones joined the walking wounded after they both came off with injuries during the last-gasp victory at Vicarage Road, the Manchester Evening News report. Juan Mata also picked up a knock in the second half.
There’s hope Rooney, Martial and Mata will be fit to face PSV at Old Trafford this week as United look to book their place in the Champions League knock-out stages.
The international break proved costly for Manchester United as Carrick, Martial and Rooney all picked up injuries ruling them out of their Premier League clash with Watford at Vicarage Road.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has taken a page out of Real Madrid’s playback to openly tap up one of their players via the media.
After United’s win over Watford on Saturday, van Gaal reignite the Ronaldo to United rumors by saying:
“Ronaldo plays on the wings and he is fast and scores goals. There is no trainer in the world that doesn’t like him.
“Of course we are looking — but are looking at all players, not just Ronaldo. But these players are mostly ungettable.
“With Ronaldo, let’s wait and hope.”
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal could sign a left-back in January as cover for the injured Luke Shaw.
Shaw is out long-term with a broken leg suffered in September’s Champions League defeat at PSV Eindhoven and although van Gaal said that the England international’s recovery is on track but is unsure if he will be back before next season.
“Luke’s rehabilitation is going well but the process can be very slow,” Van Gaal said. “I don’t know if he will play again this season. The doctors won’t take any risks with him, which is good.”
Manchester United’s injury crisis has deepened afterPhil Jones and Ander Herrera were both forced off during the Red Devils’ 2-1 win over Watford.
Herrera provided a superb cross for Memphis Depay’s opening goal at Vicarage Road but the playmaker lasted only 25 minutes, as a hamstring strain meant he had to be replaced by Marcos Rojo.
Jones was also substituted after the England defender twisted his ankle and United manager Louis van Gaal now expects both players to miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash at home toPSV Eindhoven.
Manchester United went top of the Premier League, at least until the day’s later matches, when they won 2-1 at Watford on Saturday after the hosts’ Troy Deeney equalized with a penalty and then scored an own goal in the dying minutes.
United looked set to win 1-0 after Dutchman Memphis Depay put them ahead in the 11th minute, a lead they held until Deeney equalised by blasting his penalty past United keeper David De Gea in the 87th after substitute Marcos Rojo brought down Odion Ighalo.
After three consecutive stalemates, Manchester United finally found their scoring boots but fans had to remain patient until 11 minutes from time during their Champions League fixture against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford on Tuesday. CSKA were level on four points with United after their 1-1 draw in Moscow, leaving both teams two behind leaders Wolfsburg. There were a few changes to the starting line-up after the draw against Crystal Palace with Young, Carrick and Lingard coming in for Darmian, Herrera and Schneiderlin. The omens were good for United to finally score as CSKA ‘keeper Akinfeev hadn’t kept a clean sheet in his previous 34 Champions League games, played over the course of the last nine years. However, CSKA were in decent form with only one defeat in their last eight matches and with a nine point lead in the Russian league.
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United maintained their grip on fourth place on Saturday when they beat 10-man West Brom 2-0 thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata.
Unlike earlier in the week, when United laboured to a 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow, there was little dissent among the home support towards Van Gaal and his team.
During the Champions League encounter at Old Trafford Van Gaal’s decision to substitute Anthony Martial with Marouane Fellaini was roundly booed and chants calling on the team to attack were heard throughout.
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Manchester United’s long wait for a goal finally ended as Wayne Rooney’s header secured a 1-0 victory against CSKA Moskva
Louis van Gaal’s side were 11 minutes away from recording a fourth straight blank in front of goal when Rooney met Jesse Lingard’s volleyed cross with a flying header to secure United a victory which lifts them to the top of Group B. In the process Rooney joined Denis Law on 237 goals in United colours, meaning only Sir Bobby Charlton has scored more goals for the club.
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