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Rojo dislocated shoulder in derby defeat

ESPN staff
November 2, 2014
Marcos Rojo was carried off in an oxygen mask after dislocating his shoulder © PA Photos

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed defender Marcos Rojo dislocated his shoulder during Sunday's 1-0 derby defeat to Manchester City.

Rojo had to be stretchered off in the second half following a sliding tackle and was replaced by Paddy McNair.

"The shoulder is out, you never know how long that will take, I have to wait until tomorrow I think but he shall not play against Crystal Palace," he told Sky Sports.

United will also be without Chris Smalling for Saturday's game at home to Crystal Palace as he picked up a one-match suspension after his dismissal during the derby, while Phil Jones is also on the sidelines with shin splints.

Louis van Gaal was not happy with Chris Smalling's yellow cards © Getty Images

And Van Gaal said Smalling did not react "very smartly" as he was shown a second yellow card.

Smalling was booked for attempting to stop City goalkeeper Joe Hart kicking the ball clear midway through the first half, and in the 39th minute he was then sent off after an ill-judged tackle on James Milner.

Asked about the dismissal, Van Gaal said: "I didn't see the first yellow, but as a player if you know you have a yellow card you have to deal with that problem.

"I don't think he dealt with it very smartly because then we have 11 against 10 and that's the most difficult way you can play for 45 minutes."

United also had to contend with injuries in defence, with Antonio Valencia filling in for Rafael at right-back and Rojo's injury. Van Gaal was also unable to call on Jonny Evans and Phil Jones, so midfielder Carrick and youngster McNair filled in alongside Luke Shaw.

"We have a lot of injuries in defence but you have seen how Michael Carrick and Paddy McNair came in. I don't think that is the problem," added Van Gaal.

"We still have 11 players to play and also very good players, so I don't cry for that but it is sometimes difficult to select the best team, but I think I can manage that and we are close, you can see it every week, but you need more points.

"I see the fans are applauding after the game, so they see also that the boys are willing to give everything for the shirt of the club."

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