Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was left bemoaning his luck after captain Wayne Rooney was forced to sit out his side's clash against Stoke this evening.
The Red Devils forward picked up a knock during the 3-0 win against Hull over the weekend, and wasn't fit enough to take to the Old Trafford for the showdown against Mark Hughes' side.
Youngster James Wilson stepped into the starting Manchester United XI, while Angel di Maria also had to watch the game from the sidelines having picked up a knock against the Tigers.
Speaking before his side's game against Stoke this evening, Van Gaal could scarcely believe his luck having seen his squad decimated by injuries this term. "I have to change my attack again," the Dutch manager said. "It's unbelievable. Di Maria can not play and Rooney can not play.
"It's a big opportunity for Wilson. I would have brought him on Saturday but he was ill. He has opportunity to show himself tonight."
The loss of Rooney is a particular blow given the form he has been in of late - he's got five goals in his last four games to help the Red Devils win three games in a row for the first time this season, and they'll be looking to make it four tonight.
At the time of writing Ander Herrera had given Manchester United the lead only for Steven N'Zonzi to level things up just before the break.
Regardless of their injury worries, Van Gaal appears to have steered his team well on course for a top four finish. Before this evening's fixtures the Red Devils were one point clear of West Ham in 4th, with the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal two points back.
Next up for Manchester United as the busy Christmas schedule continues is a a trip to Southampton before they go up against fierce rivals Liverpool.
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