Six key Man United players may miss Arsenal clash

Published by on November 16, 2016

Jose Mourinho may have a point when it comes to Manchester United’s medical set-up.

The Red Devils boss has ordered a review of procedures at the club having grown increasingly frustrated with the number of injuries he has had to cope with this season.

In defence, United have got serious problems, and the situation isn’t helped by the fact that up front, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have to sit out the Arsenal game to serve a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards.

The Gunners visit Old Trafford on Saturday, and Mourinho won’t be feeling his usual confident self if he takes a glance at his packed treatment room.

The Independent report that Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney could all be unavailable.

United are 6/4 with SkyBet to beat Arsene Wenger’s side, but at this rate, they should perhaps be offering longer odds.


Rooney missed England’s 2-2 draw with Spain, not because of the controversy surrounding his alleged drinking session on Friday, but because Gareth Southgate confirmed he had a knock.

Bailly and Smalling are going to leave a gaping hole at centre-back, while Shaw and Valencia’s injuries mean Mourinho’s entire first choice back four will be absent.

Fellaini is perhaps less of a loss and it may work in United’s favour if the more composed Michael Carrick comes into replace him, but Arsenal must be rubbing their hands at the prospect of playing such an under-strength side nonetheless.