Jose Mourinho’s men find themselves in the 2nd position in the league table, behind rivals Man City by a solitary goal difference. But they are now being threatened by their new found man shortage in midfield. After already having lost Paul Pogba, the Mancunian club has faced a brand new deafening blow, after Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out for at least a couple of weeks.
The Belgian international faces two weeks out with an injury to the medial ligament in his left knee, which he suffered during the Red Devils’ FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Bosnia. Belgium confirmed the news on their social media site Twitter following the game.
Fellaini’s injury means he will miss United’s clash against Liverpool on Saturday. This serves as a major blow for Jose, especially due to the fact that Fellaini’s vitality has proven crucial this season. The former Everton man scored a brace against Crystal Palace before the international break, and his physical presence will be sorely missed at Anfield.
There is an uncertainty surrounding Michael Carrick too, which means the Portuguese will only have Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic to deploy in midfield. Jose will hope he can get Carrick ready to have cover in a busy October schedule.
Fellaini is also set to miss United’s away games against Benfica in the Champions League, Huddersfield in the Premier League, and Swansea in the Carabao Cup, and Jose will not be able to rotate his options wisely, with Pogba too, out injured.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said collision between two players with their eye on the ball ended up on an unfortunate note for Fellaini, as he stated: “It was a very unfortunate injury for Marouane Fellaini. I don’t think the state of the pitch played any part and it was just a collision between two strong players who wanted to win the ball, and unfortunately Marouane ended up with damage in his ligament.”
Written by Rajdeep Saha
Sports journalist with stints across print, digital and television. Contribution to each medium has been thrilling. Experienced in writing for this passionate game called football. Journalist by choice and passion.