Manchester United are facing an injury crisis ahead of their trip to Watford, according to the Daily Mail.
The Red Devils are without £36.6m teenage sensation Anthony Martial for the game at Vicarage Road, with captain Wayne Rooney also believed to be a huge doubt due to illness.
‘He is at home and I don’t think he can play’, disclosed manager Louis van Gaal.
‘Martial probably could have played but it’s better for him if he doesn’t.’
The Manchester giants are also without Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick, as well as Antonio Valencia.
Fellaini, who was urged to leave the Theatre of Dreams by Belgium manager Marc Wilmots earlier this week, misses out due to a calf strain.
Defender Luke Shaw is a long term injury, though Carrick could return sooner than expected. The England star was injured during the national side’s defeat away in Spain, with suspected ligament damage in his ankle.
However, the 64-year old has moved to quash suggestions that his 34-year old midfielder could be set for an extended injury layoff.
‘Carrick’s injury is not heavy. He shall play much sooner than people wrote’, revealed the United boss.
The door could now be open to academy graduate James Wilson to stake a claim in his manager’s immediate plans, as he is the only recognised striker available to the Dutchman.
Memphis Depay could also be in line for a recall, after having lost his place in the side due to a lack of form.