Marcos Rojo
Marcos Rojo has brushed off the shoulder injury he suffered against Manchester CityGetty

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has eased fears over the shoulder injury he suffered in the defeat to Manchester City, insisting the knock "was nothing".

The Argentine international was stretchered off after sliding in for a tackle on countryman Martin Demichelis after 56 minutes and was replaced by youngster Paddy McNair during the 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 2 November.

After the match, Louis van Gaal confirmed Rojo had suffered a dislocated shoulder and will miss the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday 8 November but the former Sporting defender has reassured supporters he is not expecting a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

He tweeted: "Thank you all for your messages. Thank God it was nothing."

Rojo joins United's ever-growing list of absentees who have undermined Van Gaal's opening three months in charge at Old Trafford. Jonny Evans and Phil Jones remain unavailable through injury while Chris Smalling's red card against City ensures he will miss United's next game.

With Rojo also unavailable, United's only natural options at centre-half come in the form of 19-year-old McNair and 20-year-old Tyler Blackett, with Michael Carrick likely to partner one of the youngsters.

The 33-year-old, who was often deployed in the heart of defence under both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, made his first appearance of the season for the club on Sunday when he was brought on following Smalling's dismissal.

Although the injury crisis that has engulfed Old Trafford has shown no signs of abating, Van Gaal insists he is satisfied his current options will be enough to see United's through this latest spate.

"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," explained Van Gaal.

"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."