Louis van Gaal blames injuries for Manchester United's struggles

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They say things even themselves out over the course of the Premier League season but that hasn’t stopped Louis van Gaal from thinking his side deserve to be higher up in the table.

The Dutchman is under pressure at Old Trafford after an underwhelming campaign but could still salvage it by achieving a top-four finish and the FA Cup trophy.

Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with replacing him at United but it seems club officials have yet to make any sort of decision.


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But, despite not always playing exciting, attacking football under Van Gaal, United topped the table after the first months of the season and it appeared they could mount a title challenge.

However, the month of December was disastrous for Van Gaal and the club as they crashed out of the Champions League whilst they suffered three consecutive league defeats to Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke.

Van Gaal puts United’s collapse down to a string of injuries to key players and, much like Rafa Benitez’s infamous rant in 2009, starting stating ‘facts’ in his press conference before their clash with Norwich.

Van Gaal excuse

"I always talk about facts, not about hypothetical circumstance and activities. I can only say that in the end of November we had first position, after that we had a big decline," said Van Gaal, per Sky Sports.

"It's a big damage, but the month of December has its own reasons for that.

"You have to cope with that. That is what we have to do. But when the injuries are so much in the same position, you cannot solve every problem anymore."

Van Gaal continued: "These are the facts. But you can never say that if we didn't have so many injuries that we would be first, because I have great respect for the champions, Leicester City.

"When I say we had injuries it's not respectful to the champions, and they deserve it."

Chance to blood youngsters

To be fair to Van Gaal, the Old Trafford club have fallen victim to something of an injury crisis with key players missing large chunks of the campaign.

However, this has allowed the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Marcus Rashford to break into the first-team - two players that have thoroughly impressed.

But it’s still unknown if Van Gaal will be allowed to see out the remainder of his contract, which expires at the end of next season.

His side are four points behind Manchester City with a game in hand as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League. If they manage to achieve this and win the FA Cup, he could well remain at the Theatre of Dreams for one more year.

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