According to the (Manchester Evening News), Manchester United are perhaps the most injury laden club in the Premier League at this moment. And it’s for obvious reasons. The Red Devils have played more matches than any other club in top flight of English football this season. So much so that it’s beginning to overly tax their players at a very critical time.
Mourinho’s side have stayed in every competition available to them almost all season. They won the EFL Cup, made it to the quarter finals of the FA Cup, are in the semi-finals of the Europa League, and have had an insane Premier League schedule with very few breaks. They have pretty much played a match every 4 days since December, sometimes even three a week.
This has cost them Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney (until recently), and even Mhkitarayan for a bit of time. The worst part about this is that its mostly their defense that’s taking the knocks, and defense is the one thing United can truly boast about this season. And now the Manchester derby has claimed yet another United defender.
In the 86th minute Timothy Fosu-Mensah came on to the pitch as a striker, though he is usually used as a left back. His total play time amounted to around 10 minutes, but that was enough time for him to suffer an injury. The player landed awkwardly on his shoulder towards the very end of the match, and recently posted a selfie of him with his arm in a sling, which means he is going to be out for some time. This combined with Fellaini’s red card means United are looking quite slim for the end of their season, and unfortunately every match is going to be crucial.