Manchester United could be without up to first team eight players for their crucial Champions League clash against Wolfsburg. The Red Devils have been struck with fresh injury problems as the duo of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and defender Paddy McNair picked up injuries during the goalless draw with West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Both players are set to miss the United’s must-win Champions League game against Wolfsburg on Tuesday. The Frenchman suffered a hip injury in the halftime of the draw while McNair had to make way for debutant Guillermo Varela due to an ankle injury.
“Paddy McNair has an ankle problem and Schneiderlin is a little bit stiff in the hip, so we have to wait and see as always on that. I hope they can play on Tuesday but it is a very short [turnaround] so it is a very big question mark,” Van Gaal told United’s official website.
The loss of these two is a huge blow for United, who lost Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rojo to injuries last week. United are already without the likes of Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw.
The Red Devils are currently placed second behind Wolfsburg in their Champions League group, and a win at Volkswagen Arena would see them finish at the top of the group. However, if they fail to register a win and PSV Eindhoven manage to beat CSKA Moscow in their home game, they will find themselves playing in Europa League. Failure to reach the knockout stages of the continental competition could prove to be a huge blow for Louis Van Gaal, who is already facing the ire of fans due to his side’s lackluster displays in the League.