Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has insisted that there is nothing that can be done about the club’s injury crisis, and refused to blame manager Louis van Gaal’s training methods.
In an interview with his club’s official website the Northern Ireland international, who himself has been forced to sit out of a large chunk of this season so far thanks to an fracture in his foot, admitted that his club were helpless to stop injuries derailing their campaign. So far this year Van Gaal has had to constantly juggle his team selection, with the side’s form apparently having suffered as a result.
Evans at a loss
There are people who have attempted to pin the blame on Van Gaal himself, claiming that his notoriously rigorous methods are leaving his players susceptible to injuries. However Evans distanced himself from his particular suggestion, and instead inferred there was little that could be done when fate intervened.
"Players don't get injured on purpose," he told MUTV.
"There have been injuries with the odd hamstring or groin, there have been quite a few of those, but [Marcus] Rojo dislocated his shoulder and I had a fracture in my foot.
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"There were a couple of other injuries - Phil Jones has got one [shin splints] that came out of the blue. We don't want any more injuries but what can we do about it?
"We don't want any more injuries but what can we do about it"
"They're freak injuries and it's difficult from that point of view. It'd be nice to get settled in the team - everyone in the squad wants to get settled in their position as well."
With Evans now on the mend, and United set to welcome back as many as six first-team players into the fold, things are finally lookup for Van Gaal, who has had a relative baptism of fire during his first few months in the job.
Despite spending over £150 million on new faces in the summer transfer window the Red Devils were extremely slow out of the blocks, and their position of 4th in the Premier League is more to do with how lacklustre other teams have been as opposed to how dominantly they have performed.
Going back to an earlier point it’s clear that injuries have severely hampered the squad’s success, especially when it comes to keeping the goals out. The call-ups handed to Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett - though commendable in retrospect - were forced upon Van Gaal through a lack of options in the back-line, and the likes of Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Rafael have joined Evans in missing matches due to various complaints.
With Evans playing in the reserves last night, alongside the likes of Ander Herrera and Adnan Januzaj, it’s clear that his return is imminent. It’s a good job too, because United will need all the strength they can muster if they’re to keep hold of the Champions League spot they’re currently occupying.