Man Utd projected lineup for Champions League clash against Real Sociedad
Manchester United once again appear to be saddled with a wealth of injuries and knocks that manager David Moyes will have to be concerned about heading into the Red Devils trip to Spanish side Real Sociedad on Tuesday evening.
The club earned another three points domestically over the weekend to narrow their gap to the top four, but there is still much improvement to be seen before many fans will believe that the club is prepared for life after Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former manager's success continues to haunt Moyes at times, but another victory in Group A could see the club maintain their lead in the race for the Knockout Stages and also continue to prove that he knows what he is doing.
With the injury concerns looking to see young Adnan Januzaj make his European debut, Moyes has called out of referee protection for the youngster in his pre-match press conference, but it could be a cruel introduction to European action if the young Belgian is not careful:
“I do think Adnan is going to need a little bit of protection or we are going to find he is getting kicked up and down.
I do think he deserves a little bit more than he is getting at this time.
We have spoken to him about it, I have got to say he gets kicked up and down in training every day and gets on with it.
He’s learnt from the good professionals that he’s got to get on with it."
Moyes continued his discussion quoted by the Telegraph by likening the type of, "get up and get on with it," player that Januzaj should look to as an example is one of the world's best from Barcelona:
“He only needs to look at Lionel Messi, who is probably the best in the world at getting kicked, getting up and getting on with it and continuing to produce magic all the time.
I’m not in any way comparing Adnan to Lionel Messi but I’m certainly saying the way Lionel Messi gets up after being kicked, we hope that’s the way Adnan continues to behave too. But he does need a little bit of protection.
We’re just saying that somewhere along the line if he is going to continue playing in the fashion and style we want he’ll need to get protection from it. It’s up to referees to do what they think is right.”
As the club hopes to not sustain any more injuries this week, Marouane Fellani is likely to partner Ryan Giggs in the midfield while Shinji Kagawa could return to support Robin Van Persie from the no. 10 role while Januzaj and Antonio Valencia take the flanks.
Rio Ferdinand could be recalled in the place of Johnny Evans whom suffered an injury at the weekend and Chris Smalling is likely to return in place of Rafael Da Silva as the club look to almost complete their qualification run to the knockout stages.