By Editor Wayne Veysey | Former Evening Standard, Press Association and Goal chief correspondent with 17 years experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this
Manchester United have more injured players than Arsenal, figures obtained by Football Insider reveal.
Arsene Wenger has come under sustained criticism for the Gunners’ injury prevention methods in the wake of the series of injuries suffered by his squad over the last few months.
But statistics show that United have more players on their casualty list following Saturday’s Premier League fixtures.
Eight players from Louis van Gaal’s squad are now injured after Morgan Schneiderlin (hip) and Paddy McNair (ankle) joined the walking wounded after the team’s goal-less draw against West Ham.
United were already without Wayne Rooney (ankle), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Ander Herrera (hamstring) and Phil Jones (foot) as well as long-term absentees Luke Shaw (leg fracture) and Antonio Valencia (ankle).
By contrast, Arsenal have seven players in the treatment room after Theo Walcott made his return in the team’s 3-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday following a five-week absence.
They are without Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla, who sustained injuries last Sunday against Norwich, as well as long-termers Francis Coquelin (knee), Jack Wilshere (shin), Danny Welbeck (knee), Mikel Arteta (calf) and Tomas Rosicky (knee).
Schneiderlin and McNair are being assessed ahead of United’s must-win Champions League clash against Wolfsburg in Germany on Tuesday.
Van Gaal told MUTV on Saturday evening: “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.”