Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that seven players are unavailable for his side's clash with Swansea City tomorrow afternoon, reports the club's official site.
The Red Devils head into the game after a fine pre-season, but Van Gaal may well be worried with a number of first team players out on the sidelines. Michael Carrick, who was ruled out with a long term injury earlier this summer, has been joined on the sidelines by the likes of Sam Johnstone, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck, whilst Van Gaal has revealed that Dutch striker Robin van Persie, who is on £200,000-a-week at Old Trafford, has 'no chance' of playing against the Welsh outfit.
Speaking to reporters about his injured players, the Manchester United boss said: "Sam Johnstone - the goalkeeper. Antonio Valencia, Shaw and Evans - three defenders. Welbeck. I believe that is it. Van Persie has no chance. He has to train.
Whilst revealing that the likes of Van Persie and Co. are out of tomorrow's opener, the United boss has hinted that Ashley Young and youngster Reece James could be in line to play against the Welsh outfit.
He continued by saying: "We have analysed Shaw and it is difficult to lay a finger on it. It is difficult to look for the solution but there are a lot of reasons. After the World Cup, all the players are coming back at different moments and it is very difficult to train. We have the travel, jet-lag and a lot of matches in 14 days. Another reason is the amount of training sessions but we are doing half of what we have done with the other clubs.
"But we have played in the US with Reece James and Ashley Young in that position, so it is well covered. I am not worried. I am not nervous. We have players injured and not injured. Tomorrow is the match that counts."
United fans will certainly be worried with the lack of options Van Gaal has at his disposal for tomorrow's game, with the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini having only had little pre-season preparation.
Who could play?
With Evans out, United certainly have a problem in defence, with youngster Tyler Blackett potentially playing alongside Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in a back-three. Young and James, meanwhile, may take up the wing-back positions, with Spanish star Ander Herrera partnering new vice-captain Darren Fletcher in the middle of the park.
Despite the absence of Van Persie and Welbeck, the new United boss still has enough fire power at his disposal, with the likes of Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata all available for selection. That trio should start, with the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Januzaj occupying the bench.
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