Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed injuries forced Jesse Lingard and defender Marcos Rojo to miss the clash against Leicester City, which ended in a 1-1 draw. The Dutchman confirmed the duo picked up minor injuries, which forced them to miss the Red Devils' trip to the King Power Stadium.
The absence of the Argentine international forced the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager to shift to a three-man defence, with Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian featuring as wing-backs. Van Gaal was disappointed to lose both Lingard and Rojo for the last league tie against the Foxes.
"I could not play with them. Lingard was a player in good shape so it was a pity," Van Gaal told MUTV. "Rojo is our left defender and that's also a pity because then I have to put my players in a different shape and different organisation. Because of that, I had to play with three defenders."
United were already without the services of midfielder Ander Herrera and centre-back Phil Jones for the Leicester clash. The two players also missed the disappointing goalless draw against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League fixture at Old Trafford. Lingard and Rojo now join, Herrera, Jones, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia in the treatment room.
Van Gaal replaced his captain Wayne Rooney in the second half with Memphis Depay as they were searching for the second goal on Saturday. Bastian Schweinsteiger's first goal for United cancelled Jamie Vardy's record strike, as he went on to score for 11 consecutive matches.
The England international was limping on the field, which forced the Red Devils manager to replace him. However, Van Gaal confirmed Rooney did not pick an injury in their recent draw to Leicester.
"No, I don't think it's an injury to Wayne. I wanted to change one of the strikers. It could have been [Anthony] Martial or it could have been Rooney because they were not always running behind the central defenders, and I want that. Because of this, I wanted to change but then he was limping and then the choice was easy for me to make."