Jonny Evans adds to Manchester United injury crisis

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Manchester United's season went from bad to worse last night as Jonny Evans was spotted on crutches after his side's 5-3 humbling against Leicester.

The Red Devils have suffered terribly with injuries this season, but things seemed to be looking up before the Leicester game. Boss Louis van Gaal confirmed he only had six players missing for Sunday's fixture - down from nine the previous week - which were mainly squad players.

Square one

However Van Gaal now seems to be back to square one after Evans was seen leaving the King Power Stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot.

The 26-year-old suffered a leg injury whilst trying to block a shot from two goal hero Leonardo Ulloa and limped off just before half-time.

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"I do not know how bad it is, we will have to have a scan on Monday," said the Manchester United boss.


Further adding to Van Gaal's woes is the fact that he'll be without Tyler Blackett for Manchester United's upcoming fixture against West Ham after he was sent off in the last few minutes of the game yesterday for a professional foul which marked the end of a miserable day for the visitors.

Chris Smalling didn't play a part in the game although he is expected to make his comeback soon. Luke Shaw, who cost around £30 million when he arrived at Old Trafford is still yet to make his debut for the club as his fitness woes continue.

Van Gaal is hopeful that he can call on Shaw next weekend. "I think that Shaw shall be fit enough to play,” he told MUTV. “Rojo can play and Smalling can play, so we can manage. But it's a thin choice.”


The injury leaves Manchester United looking seriously short of options at the back ahead of the game against West Ham - am area of the pitch they can I'll afford to lose bodies in.

Van Gaal has been roundly criticised for failing to buy a top class defender over the summer following the departure of both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Instead he spent £150 million on a wealth of attacking talent including Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria.

The lack of strength Manchester United possess at the back was highlighted when Leicester scored four unanswered goals in around 30 minutes in the second half yesterday - and former Liverpool defender turned pundit Jamie Carragher didn't hold back in his criticism of Van Gaal and the way he has built his team.


'Manchester United were the biggest spending team in the Premier League and haven't even bought a proper defender,' he said.

'To spend that much money and not bring in a top class defender is mis-management at the end of the day.

'You look at Liverpool last season and the goals they conceded which ultimately cost them the league, United look vulnerable like that at the back this season.

'They look like the United of old in terms of their attacking play and are showing real pace and quality in that department for sure, but defensively you have to question them.'

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