Manchester United are hit by two new injuries as midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and defender Paddy McNair picked up injuries during their 0-0 draw against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Red Devils travel to Germany to face Wolfsburg in the crucial Champions League tie on 8 December and the duo are set to miss the European fixture.
The former Southampton midfielder was replaced by Michael Carrick before half-time due to a hip problem. Guillermo Varela made his first senior appearance in the second half after replacing McNair, who picked up an ankle injury.
"Paddy McNair has an ankle problem and Schneiderlin is a little bit stiff in the hip, so we have to wait and see as always on that. I hope they can play on Tuesday but it is a very short [turnaround] so it is a very big question mark," Van Gaal told United's official website.
Schneiderlin and McNair join a host of injured players at United's treatment room. Captain Wayne Rooney and defender Marcos Rojo missed the home clash against the Hammers and they are unlikely to feature against the Bundesliga outfit.
In addition to this, Ander Herrera and Phil Jones have not featured for the 20-time English champions since their 2-1 victory over Watford in the Premier League. These six players join Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia as the duo are set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
United are second in the Champions League group table and a victory over Wolfsburg will not only seal a place in the knockout stages, but also see them finish the first round fixtures on top of the group table.
However, a defeat at the hands of the German club for Van Gaal's side and a victory for PSV Eindhoven over CSKA Moscow will see United play in the Europa League. After a year's absence from Europe's elite club competition, the Old Trafford club will be looking to progress to the next round of the Champions League.