Manchester United managed to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after a hard fought 2-0 win over League One strugglers Yeovil Town.
The victory came at a huge cost for United after they lost defenders Luke Shaw and Rafael Da Silva due to injuries. This was only the second win for the team in the last five matches. For long periods, it looked like United were heading for their fourth draw in five matches, but two goals in the second half settled things for the Red Devils. Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera opened the scoring in the 64th minute while an injury time goal from Angel di Maria confirmed the victory.
Di Maria was just returning from yet another injury trouble. While his return was a major positive, United’s defence of problems look set to continue in the coming weeks with both Shaw and Rafael likely to be unavailable for the next couple of weeks. After being knocked out of the League Cup very early, United were in danger of repeating yet another miserable performance after failing to open the scoring against a team two divisions below them. For the moment, though, Van Gaal is just happy to be in the fourth round draw.
“I think we have a lot of problems in the first half. Rafael da Silva has an injury, a fracture of his bone. So it was fantastic the cuts that he played through but I have to change him and also Luke Shaw had an ankle problem, so I had to change him also.We have to wait and see [with Rafael] because he is now already taken away in a car. I don’t know [how it happened], I have to watch the video again. It was a duel, also the same with Shaw,” said Van Gaal.