Manchester United star Marcos Rojo has surprisingly taken to Twitter to reveal that the injury he picked up at the Etihad Stadium yesterday afternoon was 'nothing'.
After United's 1-0 defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City, Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal told reporters that the player's shoulder was out, and he wouldn't play against Crystal Palace next weekend.
However, Rojo's message may come as a huge boost for the Old Trafford outfit, who have a number of defensive problems.
As Manchester United suffered their third league defeat of the season, they ended the game with an extremely makeshift back-four. Before Rojo was replaced, his fellow centre-half Chris Smalling was sent-off for two yellow cards.
Ultimately, United ended the game with two midfielders and two teenagers in their back-line, as Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw were in place to protect David de Gea's goal.
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It was Argentine ace Sergio Aguero who eventually cropped up with the winner yesterday, despite a great effort from Van Gaal's side to stay in the clash at Eastlands.
United, then, will be hoping that Rojo's Twitter message means that he will return to the side in the near future, with the club already without Phil Jones, Rafael da Silva and Jonny Evans. Smalling, of course, will serve just a one game ban after his sending off at the Etihad, so should return to the side to take on Arsenal at the Emirates on November 22.
Van Gaal may have to use youngsters McNair and Tyler Blackett against Palace on Saturday, as the Red Devils look to return to winning ways. With the club already 13 points behind league leaders Chelsea, United will now be concentrating on returning to Europe's elite competition.
Off the pace
However, the Red Devils are way off the pace in the race for the top four, too, with Arsenal already four points in front of them, whilst the likes of Manchester City and Southampton are even further ahead.
It will certainly prove a long week for the United players after their fourth straight derby defeat, and they will be desperate to return to winning ways this coming Saturday.
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