Louis Van Gaal has confirmed that Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones will all miss Sunday’s trip to Everton, while Daley Blind is a doubt.
United travel to Goodison Park on Sunday hoping to clinch a first win away at Everton since the 2011-12 season and to consolidate their third place but will have to do so without the trio, who have still not recovered from the injuries that kept them out of last Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.
Bryan Robson believes Manchester United are still “two to three” signings away from winning the title and mount a serious challenge in Europe.
United are on course to achieve a top-four finish in Louis Van Gaal’s first season at the club and could even finish above Manchester City, even though City’s run-in looks easier on paper.
Chris Smalling has signed a new contract with Manchester United, which will keep him at the club until June 2019.
The 25-year-old England international has won two Premier League titles with United and made 147 appearances since his making his debut in August 2010 and has recently established himself as a regular in the side.
Manchester United have been dealt a major blow ahead of Sunday’s trip to Goodison Park, as Michael Carrick is unlikely to be fit to face Everton after missing Saturday’s defeat against Chelsea.
Along with Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, Carrick missed the trip to Stamford Bridge last Saturday, as Chelsea brought United’s six-game winning run to an end, courtesy of an Eden Hazard goal.
Denis Irwin believes that Luke Shaw needs a consistent run in the side to show what he’s capable of and that, despite a stop-start season, he has the potential to become a key player of Louis Van Gaal’s side.
Shaw excelled at Chelsea on Saturday, in what was only his 13th league start of the season and his first appearance since 9 March and the former United left-back believes the youngster will prove he was worth the £27m United paid for him.
Martin Samuel, the Daily Mail’s chief sports writer, believes that Gareth Bale would win Manchester United the title next season if they signed him.
The Welshman has been linked with a return to the Premier League in the summer after a difficult second season at Real Madrid, with the former Spurs man criticised for a lack of goals and repeatedly booed by the Santiago Bernabeu crowd.
Louis Van Gaal has urged his Manchester United side to control the game for the whole 90 minutes, claiming that despite their recent run of form United can still improve.
Van Gaal’s men travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday to face league leaders Chelsea having won their last six league games, which has seen them consolidate their third spot on the table.
David De Gea has been shortlisted for the this year’s Professional Footballers’ Association’s Players’ Player of the Year award.
The Manchester United goalkeeper has been arguably the best interpreter of the role this season, appearing in all 32 league games they’ve played so far and conceding a mere 30 goals, a record bettered only by Chelsea and Southampton.
The other nominees are Diego Costa, Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Alexis Sánchez.