Louis van Gaal baffled by Manchester United injury crisis

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Louis van Gaal has said the current injury crisis at Manchester United has forced him to consider changing his methods.

The Red Devils are currently without Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans, who are all suffering from injuries. Along with Tyler Blackett's suspension, Manchester United will entertain West Ham with just one recognised centre-back in Marcos Rojo.

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Strange situation

Van Gaal has admitted that only months into his Manchester United career, he is already thinking of ways to do things differently. The Dutchman says the current injury crisis could be the worst he's ever seen in management.

Van Gaal told reporters: "I have to admit that I have never been in this situation before [with injuries].

"It is strange. For me it's difficult to understand. We are evaluating what we can do in a different way."

Forced to train

Preventing injury seems to be simple in principle. Footballers train hard and Van Gaal is believed to be one of the harshest taskmasters. However, Van Gaal believes lessening the workload will only make Manchester United's situation worse.

He continued: "But you have to train on a certain level because otherwise you can't play a game.

"I have already said I have adapted to a certain level but you cannot train lower because you then can't perform in the right way."

Tough job

So far Manchester United have disappointed this season. They have lost to both Swansea City and Leicester City and lie in the second half of the table with five points from five games.

That is despite the fact that Van Gaal spent over £150 million on the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao in the summer. Van Gaal believes this could turn out to be his toughest job in football.

"At this moment it is maybe yes (my toughest job)," said Van Gaal, who then repeated his call for calm among the United fans.


The opening fixtures were kind to Van Gaal, but the team have still failed to get results. Entertaining West Ham at home this weekend, Manchester United will need all three points to get the media off their back.

Fears of a repeat of last season under Moyes will soon creep back in if this poor form continues.

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