Man Utd boss David Moyes fears beginning season with a depleted squad
David Moyes fear he will begin the new season with a long list of injuries. The new Old Trafford boss, who is in Australia with the Manchester United squad for preseason tour of East Asia and Australia, is already starting to feel the pressure of a depleted squad.
Manchester United have been stricken by injuries in early practice sessions and games of their preseason tour. Manchester United flew out from Manchester to Bangkok only last week, yet they are already missing key players from the squad.
Ashley Young is currently recovering from an ankle injury, Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United captain) is suffering from back problems, Nani is healing from a broken nose and Chris Smalling has been sidelined because of a broken foot.
To top it off Manchester United’s rebellious forward Wayne Rooney picked up a hamstring injury only a day after landing in Bangkok. In the advent of such injuries, David Moyes is wary of featuring a depleted when the new season begins.
“Well there is (fear of injury) because you always pick up one or two knocks or niggles,” David Moyes said. “My preference was to come with a smaller squad because I wanted to make sure I got as many players playing minutes, and I didn't end up bringing a lot of players who ended up travelling half way around the world for three weeks and ended up not playing enough games.
“So I wanted to focus on getting as many players as much time as I could. I think it's always good once you get the first one under your belt, you feel much better by it. Every game for Manchester United is important, but I've also got to say the most important one is when we get back and start the season against Swansea City. That's the real one where we want to start getting ourselves ready.”
David Moyes believes his injured players will be able to assist and play if called upon. The Scotsman understands the start of the new season might not be season, but Manchester United will be able to cope with the pressure.
“Ashley Young has started some training, Chris Smalling started some light training, Nemanja as well has started,” David Moyes added. “So we do know that if we need them we can probably call on them.”