Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin for their crunch Champions League clash with Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.
Rooney missed the weekend draw with West Ham with what Louis van Gaal called a ‘nasty’ ankle injury while Schneiderlin was withdrawn just before half-time against the Hammers at Old Trafford due to a hip problem.
The pair remain on the sidelines with Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw.
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Paddy McNair was also substituted at the weekend, but the young defender is included in the traveling party.
Only victory will guarantee United’s progress to the last 16, but Van Gaal is not worried about another no-show from his forwards despite a sixth goalless draw of the season at the weekend.
“A lot of players have missed chances against West Ham,” he said. “We can make a big issue of it but I don’t believe we have to do that.
“I have great confidence that we shall score at Wolfsburg.”
The United board expected Van Gaal to lead his team through their group untroubled.
But after drawing 0-0 at home to PSV Eindhoven last month, there is a real danger United will drop into the Europa League, which will deal a big blow to the club’s credibility and that of their manager too.
“We don’t want to be eliminated,” Van Gaal added. “But in sport it is always possible. You can’t win every year or every game. It’s not like that.
“It’s a very important game for us at this moment because of the situation. We are not scoring out of many chances and we have to score at Wolfsburg.
“We could be out. And that is bad for everybody, for the club, for the players and for the manager.”