There can be no doubting that this is one of Manchester United’s worst seasons in the Premier League era. They are currently six points short of the top four, out of the Champions League, and are said to be playing some of their worst football for a number of years. But now, with both David de Gea and Wayne Rooney both injured, there campaign could get even worse.
This season has seen heaps of criticism aimed at United from both fans and pundits from across the country as their performances were consistently uninspiring. Nobody in the Premier League has scored less league goals than the 33 that Manchester United have scored, and Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are their top scorers in the division despite scoring only seven goals each.
Despite some saying that their performances have improved since the turn of the year, their form hasn’t reflected this belief. Of their last six games in all competitions, United have lost three, including an embarrassing 2-1 defeat in Denmark to Midtjylland in the Europa League.
The defeat is damaging enough to their Champions League qualification hopes, given that winning the Europa League looks to be their best hope of qualifying for Europe’s premier club competition, but the biggest damage could have been done when David de Gea picked up an injury in the warm-up.
De Gea has almost undoubtedly been United’s best player for the past two seasons, and proved his value to the team away at Chelsea a fortnight ago when he made a number of brilliant saves to keep the Blues at bay and earn United a point. It is yet to be confirmed how long he will be out for, but if it is for a significant period of time the Red Devils will certainly suffer.
United will also be without Wayne Rooney for an extended period of time after a knee injury saw him ruled out for at least six weeks. Seeing as the England captain was just beginning to hit form after hitting seven goals in the club’s first seven games since the start of 2016, he could prove a massive loss.
With two of their key players missing, United’s league form is likely to suffer, and it will do nothing to help Louis van Gaal who is already in a precarious position as manager at Old Trafford. If de Gea’s injury is serious and they can’t replace Rooney in the side, it would be almost impossible for the Red Devils to qualify for the Champions League.