• Love took United’s injury tally to 14 when he limped off on Monday night
  • He suffered a suspected hamstring injury in 2-1 win over Middlesbrough
  • Adnan Januzaj and Joe Riley only played part of the Under 21 fixture
  • Pair expected to be in the squad for Wednesday’s game against Watford 

David Wood for MailOnline

Donald Love became the latest defender to join Manchester United’s lengthy injury list when he limped off playing for the Under 21s on Monday.

The 21-year-old full back, who had made his debut in the 2-1 defeat by Midtjylland in the Europa League, went off with a suspected hamstring injury. 

Love grimaced on the bench as he received treatment and was replaced by Sadiq El-Fitouri during the game against Middlesbrough.

Donald Love became the latest defender to join Manchester United's lenghty injury list

Donald Love became the latest defender to join Manchester United’s lenghty injury list

The 21-year-old full back went off with a suspected hamstring injury in Monday's Under 21 game

The 21-year-old full back went off with a suspected hamstring injury in Monday’s Under 21 game

The Old Trafford club already had 13 first-team players out, prompting manager Louis van Gaal to call upon some of his younger players, including breakout sensation Marcus Rashford. 

Fellow defender Joe Riley was substituted at half-time as Louis van Gaal only wanted him to play 45 minutes as he is expected to be in the first-team squad for Wednesday’s home game against Watford in the Premier League. 

Adnan Januzaj lasted 15 minutes longer before he was substituted in another pre-planned move.

A second-half penalty by Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira and a Nathan McGinley own goal secured a 2-1 victory for United’s Under 21s at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park.

Joe Riley was substituted at half-time on Monday as Louis van Gaal only wanted him to play 45 minutes

Joe Riley was substituted at half-time on Monday as Louis van Gaal only wanted him to play 45 minutes

 


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