Boss suggests Mata and McNair will start on sunday
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
has suggested Juan Mata and Paddy McNair
will start Sunday’s Barclays Premier League
fixture against Everton.
Spanish schemer Mata is favourite to replace
suspended skipper Wayne Rooney in the no.10
role while McNair is set to retain his place after
an impressive debut against West Ham last
weekend, with Phil Jones not yet fit. The boss is
hoping the injury situation clears up over the
international break but is looking forward to
seeing how his side performs against the
Merseysiders at Old Trafford.
“Juan Mata has played very well in his
[Rooney’s] position,” stated van Gaal at the pre-
match press conference. “I have to choose. I will
miss Wayne because he is the captain of the
team but Mata can also play very well.
“We still have three central defenders injured so
he [McNair] shall play. He is the only player who
can play in the right-sided defensive position. I
chose him last week and he was very good. It’s
difficult for a player like him to maintain that
level – that is his biggest challenge.
“We have eight injuries and one red card so
nine players are not available. It’s difficult to
explain. You can be fit but not match fit – that’s
a big difference. For example, Ander Herrera is
fit but he cannot play because of his rib
pressure. Marouane Fellaini has trained for one
week but is not fit to play 90 minutes.”
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