He revealed: “James Collins, Winston Reid, Guy Demel, Diego Poyet, Doneil Henry and Andy Carroll lie in our medical room at the moment.
“We’re not sure how many of those will make it for Sunday. With such a big week coming, three games in a week, there’ll be very few risks taken, unless they’re 100 per cent fit. If we play them it may exacerbate the injuries so we will go to battle with what we’ve got.”
And this was used to explain that the style of play we can expect against Manchester United would not be overly exciting.
He said: “We will have to be tactically very astute to limit them and when at all possible try and cause them a problems. This year at home we’ve done that very well but we can’t be too ambitious. We will need to very disciplined.”
“I think they’re getting stronger and stronger as the season goes on. Their ability up front to score is very impressive. Their squad is full of top quality players, so we need to be patient and organised and try and frustrate them for as long as possible.
His response on the possibility of Diafra Sakho being involved was subdued when asked replying: “Maybe, we’ll have to wait and see.”