Louis van Gaal is frustrated that two of his more reliable first team members will be traveling half way round the world. With the International break coming up, the Argentine national team coach has called up British record transfer, Angel Di Maria and left footed defender Marcos Rojo for duty.
The Argentine duo will have to travel to Beijing, China to join their teammates when they face Brazil before they play Hong Kong just few days after. As both players will be traveling for thousands of miles, the Mail suggests that this has left the Manchester United boss fuming as he needs more time to work with the players.
Despite his team’s much need victory over Everton at the weekend, van Gaal believes he still needs to improve on some aspects to boost the overall performance of his squad and with the news that youth central defender Paddy McNair has been ruled out for about 3 weeks due to a hamstring issue, the Dutchman is keen to protect against further injury. Although the United boss has seen versatile defender Phil Jones return to light training, it is still a doubt that the Englishman will be fit before the crucial clash against West Brom. The implication is that van Gaal is left with just 2 fit centre-halves in Marcos Rojo and Tyler Blacket. Another fact is that both Rojo and Tyler are left footed and playing them together is just a disaster waiting to happen.
There are no doubts about Manchester United’s injury worries this term, in fact no team has more injuries at the moment in the Premier League than Manchester United, so the Red Devil boss will be wary of having 2 other resourceful players dealing with injury or jet lag for having travelled down to China and back.
Louis van Gaal has never masked his disaffection for long distance travel for players and was quick to state the same when Manchester United’s executive Ed Woodward planned a tour of the United States for the Red Devils. Van Gaal and Ed Woodward were obviously working from two different perspectives and while the former was concerned about the commitment and fitness level of his squad members, the latter was considering the several commercial opportunities that the tour could provide.
So what is van Gaal’s issue? It is not as if only Manchester United players are involved in the international break, even the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero will be making the same journey, but probably because of the precarious situation that Manchester United has found themselves, van Gaal will not want any development to deter his new found momentum.