United Down & Kicked: Losses, Bans, & Injuries

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Manchester United have suffered this week with disappointment after disappointment.


The squad hasn’t had a win in their last four matches, their most recent being a knock-out round loss to Wolfsburg. Simmer that with Wolfsburg making history with their first ever trip past the knock-out stages, and tempers are starting to boil over.

Van Gaal told the media that he ‘can’t defend himself’ alluding to nothing he has to say will be acceptable to the media or fan-base, which showcases the antagonized mindset the manager is currently in with the club’s struggling form.

The fan base hasn’t hesitated to respond either:

Van Gaal didn’t save any shade from German veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger,

“I took him off and I don’t take players off for nothing, but we are all human beings and so is Bastian Schweinsteiger,” said Van Gaal.

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“He wants to play at the highest level, especially in Germany, to show his qualities, but I can’t say he was the Bastian Schweinsteiger I saw during my Bayern Munich days.”

Schweinsteiger certainly isn’t producing to the same level he was between the years 2011-2014 when he netted an average of four goals per season in the Bundesliga. 15 appearances in 2015 for the United squad leave the 31 year-old with a single solitary goal.

Schweinsteiger EPL stats: 1 goal, 0 assists, 9 shots.

That and a possible three match ban for molly-wopping West Ham defender Winston Reid during their draw over the weekend leave Basti in the doghouse.

Besides most likely losing Basti to his well earned three match ban, United have one of the most extensive injury list in the premiership with over eight stars out for their Saturday trip to Bournemouth:

Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin and Wayne Rooney are all expected to be unavailable.

Bournemouth would be considered little more than a brushing of dirt from the shoulders of United due to their new place in the Premier League.

But with United in the hurting state that it is in, and Bournemouth coming off a victory over Chelsea, the devils should prepare to come into Saturday’s away match on fire.

Or they may find themselves embarrassed again at the end of full time.

Van Gaal’s casual mortification



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