Van Gaal: Rojo suffered a dislocated shoulder

The Argentina international was stretchered off at the Etihad Stadium and is unlikely to feature against Crystal Palace on Saturday

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed Marcos Rojo suffered a dislocated shoulder against Manchester City.

The Argentina international was stretchered off early in the second half at the Etihad Stadium after sliding in on Martin Demichelis, with the medical staff seemingly giving the defender oxygen for the pain.

And though Van Gaal is unsure as to the timeframe for the former Sporting Lisbon man’s recovery, he admitted he is likely to miss out against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“The shoulder is out, you never know how long that will take, I have to wait until tomorrow I think but he shall not play against Crystal Palace,” he told Sky Sports.

“We have a lot of injuries in defence but you have seen how Michael Carrick and Paddy McNair came in. I don’t think that is the problem.

“We still have 11 players to play and also very good players, so I don’t cry for that but it is sometimes difficult to select the best team, but I think I can manage that and we are close, you can see it every week, but you need more points.

“I see the fans are applauding after the game, so they see also that the boys are willing to give everything for the shirt of the club.”

Sergio Aguero’s 10th Premier League goal of the season separated the local rivals on Sunday after Chris Smalling was sent-off in the first half.

And though he is yet to taste victory away from Old Trafford in his short time at United, Van Gaal feels there are some encouraging signs for his team to build on.

“I said to the boys that the will power and the labour is unbelievable. When you give that you can be very proud, but in the end we have zero points and in sports it’s goals that are counted.

“We were so close despite playing with 10 men, we created more chances than in the first half. We are close but not close enough today and we have to improve.”

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