Manchester United are preparing for one of their biggest clashes of the season thus far when they take on West Ham United at Upton Park on Tuesday (10 May) and Louis van Gaal has admitted that he could make more changes to the team after rotating his squad for their 1-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday (7 May). The manager has cited fatigue as the reason for the necessary changes in the lineup as they prepare for their second game in three days.
The Dutch manager left out Marcus Rashford and Daley Blind for their visit to Carrow Road owing to their participation in every game in recent weeks and the proximity between the two games. The duo have been vital cogs in their bid for a top four place, and the clash at Upton Park, which is the last at the famous old ground, is crucial if they are to pip Manchester City for the final Champions League qualification spot.
The former Bayern Munich manager has indicated that more changes could be in the offing for their midweek clash after consulting his fatigue specialist. Marcos Rojo, Memphis Depay and Michael Carrick could make way for Blind, Rashford and Morgan Schneiderlin, while Timothy Fosu-Mensah could start in place of Matteo Darmian, who suffered an ankle injury during their win over the Canaries.
"It always depends on the data from my fatigue specialist. We are going home and Sunday is recovery and Monday is recovery. I have to decide then on the data of my fatigue specialist who I am taking with me. It's always like that. It can happen that I leave players at home because they are too tired," Louis van Gaal said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
"Last week we played against Leicester and it was cold, six degrees or something. Against Norwich it is 25 degrees. It's a big difference and you have seen that, you have seen that on the faces of the players," the Dutch coach added.