Race against time: Manchester United face injury crisis ahead of Manchester derbyPublished September 7, 2016
Manchester United are sweating over the fitness of Luke Shaw, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Antonio Valencia ahead of Saturday’s Manchester derby.
Mkhitaryan picked up an injury in Armenia’s loss to Czech Republic in a friendly last Wednesday and subsequently missed the World Cup qualifier versus Denmark on Sunday evening.
After missing the Denmark game, there are serious concerns about Mkhitaryan’s ability to be fit for match against City.
Luke Shaw, who was included in the England squad, was withdrawn as a precaution after he suffered a calf problem during training. Valencia, on the other hand, will not arrive in Manchester until just 24 hours before kick-off, after international duty with Ecuador.
The absence of United’s first choice full-backs in particular, will certainly leave Reds boss Jose Mourinho with a selection headache, ahead of this season’s first Manchester derby.
Whilst derby day often needs no extra spice, the first Premier League meeting, between rivals Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho has certainly added an element of excitement ahead of Saturday’s game.
How the plot thickens.
We can’t wait for the weekend!