The 2015/16 FA Cup Final is now less than two weeks away and whilst many neutrals aren’t giving Crystal Palace any hope of upsetting the odds, United have been struck by two major injury worries ahead of the game.
The injuries to Martial and Darmian occurred before and during last weekend’s clash with Norwich City; a game that United simply had to win to keep their hopes of securing a place in next season’s Champions League alive for another week.
Whilst it’s never particularly nice to take joy in the problems of others, as universally viewed underdogs for the final on May 21st, we at Crystal Palace will take anything we can get over the next few days.
Of course, we have our own injury concerns with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Yohan Cabaye and Joe Ledley all suffering with knocks themselves but as things stand, our plans for the big day don’t appear to be under too much threat of being disrupted, as long as things go to plan this weekend at St Mary’s.
It’s always worth remembering that Manchester United possess strength in depth far greater than our own but even so, the loss of two such influential players ahead of Louis Van Gaal’s only chance of silverware could well spell disaster for the Reds as the shadow of Jose Mourinho looms large over the Dutchman’s shoulder.
There has been little in the way of concern from those inside Old Trafford about the threat Palace may cause them in the final, with an overwhelming sense of arrogance emitting from the United camp ever since Alan Pardew and co.booked their place in the showpiece fixture with a 2-1 win over Watford, but thanks to this recent injury news, those behind the scenes at the Theatre Of Dreams may be forced to tread a little more carefully than before when analysing their chances of success in 11 days time.