Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that the injury sustained by Antonio Valencia following the Red Devils’ goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
As relayed by Setanta Sports the Dutch manager appeared to confirm that his player wouldn’t be out for a lengthy period of time, despite fears that the knock sustained at White Hart Lane could force him out of action.
Valencia was replaced at half-time by Rafael da Silva, as Van Gaal led his side to a ninth successive Premier League match without loss. Squaring up against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs merely 45 hours after beating Newcastle United at Old Trafford there we obvious concerns over the strain on United’s playing squad.
Speaking after the match Van Gaal once again threw his weight behind the argument that the Christmas period sees too many fixtures played.
“Valencia has a groin injury but it is not too bad as we changed him at half-time. But we will have to wait and see,” he said.
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“I said it already before the matches, but okay. It’s a culture of England. I think the human body cannot recover within 48 hours, and you have seen that the second half was a struggle."
Van Gaal also made sure it was known who he thought should have won the match, with United passing up the opportunity to gain ground on the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, who both also drew in their matches against Southampton and West Ham respectively.
“We created a lot of opportunities, we could have scored, but we were not as effective as usual. It is a pity.
“Van Persie, Mata and Falcao also had big chances. It is frustrating that you cannot win when you are the better team.”