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The Red Devils officially have an injury crisis. Now, more than ever, United's squad depth will be tested.
Before the game even started, two important players had to drop out of the reckoning. Their absences had a knock-on effect on how the game proceeded and led to an unusual selection at the back.
With Chris Smalling already out due to an injury, Phil Jones was set for a start at right-back. But Jonny Evans, who would have lined up alongside Rio Ferdinand, picked up an injury in training, which necessitated a move back to the center for Jones. This led Sir Alex to select winger Antonio Valencia to take the fullback slot.
The other pre-match injury was none other than star player Wayne Rooney. His absence in particular was keenly felt. After Stoke scored the equalizer, United fans were left waiting for somebody, anybody, to grab the game by the scuff of its neck take control. Usually, that man would be Wayne Rooney, capable of winning a match through sheer force of will.
Sadly, nobody "pulled a Rooney" and United were left wanting at the end.
In addition to the pre-match knocks, both Javier Hernandez and Patrice Evra picked up injuries over the course of the game. It remains to be seen how much time, if any, they will miss.
Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Nemanja Vidic, Darron Gibson, Tom Cleverley, Rooney, Hernandez, Evra... if the season continues this way, we may just end up seeing Premier League debuts for the likes of Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison.