It was a difficult evening for Louis van Gaal as two of his first-team players went down injured playing for Manchester United’s under-21s tonight.
Rafael da Silva and Adnan Januzaj were forced off as United played out a 1-1 draw at Leicester.
Just prior to the interval, Rafael took a hefty blow to the midriff and appeared to injure his ribs. He was taken off as a precaution.
Shortly after the restart, Januzaj pulled up when chasing the ball down the sideline and the Belgian’s injury is potentially the more serious.
It looks likely to be a muscular injury rather than an impact blow like Rafael’s, although it’s too early to make any diagnosis at this stage.
Manchester United travel to Goodison Park to face Everton this weekend, and van Gaal now faces a nervous wait for an update on the duo’s fitness.
There was more positive injury news for the Manchester United boss though, as Robin van Persie came through 62 minutes of action unscathed.
The Dutch striker marked his return from an ankle problem suffered against Swansea in February with an assist for Sean Goss’s equaliser. Van Persie has been training for the last few sessions and was on the bench against Chelsea in the 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Elsewhere, Jonny Evans returned from his suspension for spitting at Papiss Cisse and played the entire match for Warren Joyce’s side.
Van Gaal will look to get his team back to winning ways this weekend when they face the Toffees. After the defeat to Chelsea, United need a positive result to keep distance between themselves and the chasing pack for a Champions League spot.
They currently have a eight point cushion over fifth placed Liverpool, although Brendan Rodgers’ side have a game in hand.
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