Updates from Friday, August 15
Manchester United's official Twitter feed has the latest on Welbeck:
The manager has confirmed Sam Johnstone, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck are all injured. #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 15, 2014
Injuries are the one thing clubs hope to avoid during their pre-season friendlies, but Manchester United weren't so lucky during Saturday's Guinness International Champions Cup match against Real Madrid. Forward Danny Welbeck was forced to leave the pitch with an injury, as shared by FOX Soccer Trax:
SUB: Welbeck will have to come off; replaced by Zaha (MANU)— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) August 2, 2014
Following the match, Louis van Gaal updated Welbeck's status (via Manchester United):
Danny Welbeck left the pitch with a knee injury. Van Gaal: "We have to wait and see what the reaction is tomorrow." #mutour— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 2, 2014
The England international was having a sensational match for the Red Devils, causing all kinds of problems for the Real defence. He had a hand in the team's opening goal, but following several harsh challenges from the Spanish defenders, he was replaced by Wilfried Zaha just before the end of the first half.
ESPN FC's Tom Marshall was surprised Van Gaal opted to bring on Zaha and not Javier Hernandez:
Wilfred Zaha on from an injured Danny Welbeck vs. Real Madrid. It's not looking great for Chicharito at Manchester United at present.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) August 2, 2014
Welbeck took several knocks from the Madrid defence but didn't require assistance leaving the pitch, and while he was visibly limping, Van Gaal's decision to replace the forward seemed to be more of a precaution.
The club is yet to release details regarding the nature and severity of the injury, with more news expected once the match against Real Madrid is over.
Welbeck's injury opens the door for Zaha to prove he has what it takes to remain at the club during the 2014-15 season, with the youngster so far failing to put together a complete performance for the Red Devils.
The 21-year-old has the physical attributes to shine in the 3-5-2, and as Van Gaal already has a strong notion of what Welbeck can do on the pitch, some extra minutes for Zaha could help the Dutchman as he continues his preparations for the upcoming season.