Antonio Valencia

Manchester United have been dealt yet another blow with an injury to Antonio Valencia, who is out of their clash against West Bromwich Albion with a hamstring problem, according to the Daily Mail.

The Red Devils' campaign has been blighted with a series of injuries and the latest setback takes the tally of unavailable players to nine. However, the setback is said to be precautionary, which means that the player will only miss the fixture scheduled for the weekend, while making his way back for the upcoming games scheduled for the rest of the month.

Michael Carrick is also making his way back alongside Chris Smalling, with both players scheduled to be back into full training before the end of the month. The plethora of injuries has resulted in serious questions being asked about their training techniques.

The bulk of injuries have been in defence with injuries to Smalling, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Paddy McNair all nursing knocks. The lack of options at the back has had an excruciating effect on their league campaign, conceding five against the likes of Leicester, a phenomenon, which is unprecedented in the recent United era.

Meanwhile, defender Rafael has talked up United's chances to win the Premier League title, stating that they will be contenders if they can beat Chelsea and Manchester City in their upcoming three games. The Red Devils are currently fourth in the league, eight points behind leaders Chelsea and can see the gap come down to five, if they can pull off an upset against Jose Mourinho's men who are going from strength to strength.

"If we start to understand the way of playing, like we are doing, and when the results are positive, everything starts to run smoothly and for sure we have chances to win the title," the Brazil international told Perform.

"We will have three difficult games - against West Brom away, after this we face Chelsea, the actual leader, and then Manchester City in their stadium. These games will be very important for us.

"Against West Brom we need to be very focused as they are showing good performances, then we face Chelsea at home and City.

"We need to think about these three games and if we win we will be close to the leader, probably in second place, so we need to be positive and try to win these three matches," he concluded.