Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed he might consider playing captain Wayne Rooney in defensive midfield at Chelsea today, after losing four regular starters to injury.
United face Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in the weekend’s crunch Premier League game but go into the game with a barrage of injury concerns. Michael Carrick misses out with the same calf problem that forced him off in Sunday’s derby win at Manchester City whist Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all sit out too.
These injuries have given Van Gaal something of a selection headache, that's without adding to that list Jonny Evans, who remains suspended. One positive is that Luke Shaw comes back into the team having been missing since last month’s F.A Cup defeat to Arsenal.
The injuries to Carrick and Blind leave United without a recognised holding midfielder but a resolution could be Wayne Rooney’s versatility.
“It is the worst scenario,” Van Gaal said, according to the Daily Telegraph.
“Marcos and Phil can both play left central defender and Jonny Evans is also suspended so I do not have many choices.
“Daley Blind and Michael Carrick could play as a holding midfield player and I do not have another option- it is a puzzle,” Van Gaal added.
Rooney moving down the park and slotting in at midfield could mean a start for either Robin van Persie or Radamel Falcao. Neither have started a game since February but with Van Persie still recovering from ankle ligament damage it could be Falcao that gets the nod.
United travel to Stamford Bridge eight points behind the Premier League leaders, with Chelsea boasting a game-in-hand on their fellow title chasers.
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