There is an ancient Chinese curse that says: he who embarks on a Premier League season without sufficient depth at striker, must not be surprised when he ends up with no teeth. And the truth of this maxim has been proved once again, as Manchester United will return from the international break in something of a state.
Louis van Gaal tells #MUTV Carrick, Martial, Fellaini and Valencia are all injured, while Rooney is ill. All will miss Watford.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 20, 2015
Still, at least James Wilson has spent the beginning of the season making regular substitute appearances and occasional starts against weaker team, ensuring that he's ready to step up and play.
Van Gaal says Wilson is available but cannot play the full 90 minutes due to a lack of match rhythm. #MUTV— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 20, 2015
Still, looking on the bright side, Van Gaal is apparently hopeful that both Rooney and Martial will be back to face PSV on Wednesday — not bad considering the latter was on crutches Tuesday night — and that Carrick will be back sooner than has been reported. Hooray for all that.