Manchester United have suffered an eye-watering 55 injuries this season and have used no less than 37 players because of it.
New manager Louis van Gaal has been forced to use the full extent of his squad having suffered a host of injuries during the first half of his maiden Premier League season in charge at Old Trafford.
The Manchester United boss has regularly had to call upon the services of youth team players to fill the gaps left behind, especially in defence, but has still managed to guide his side to third place in the table.
The latest setback for Van Gaal came during the 2-0 win against Yeovil when Luke Shaw was forced off at half time and Rafael suffered a fractured cheekbone. The duo's injuries have taken Manchester United's overall number to 55 for the season, and with both Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young also out, Manchester United are seriously struggling for numbers at the back once more.
That number includes five spells on the sidelines for record summer signing Angel di Maria as well as Shaw, and four for £28 million midfielder Ander Herrera.Young has been injured three times this season.
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The figure appears even more stark when compared to their rivals Chelsea, who have played in the Champions League and have reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, have used just 21 players.
It will be a source of frustration for Manchester United that they have regularly been without their best players. They are nine points behind Chelsea and could well be much closer to the Blues with a regularly fit starting XI.
There was some slightly better injury news for Manchester United though with Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo close to a return, while Di Maria is closing in on full fitness having emerged as a sub in the win against Yeovil, bagging the second goal of the match in the process. All three stand a chance of playing some part in the game against Southampton at Old Trafford this weekend.
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