Louis van Gaal has today confirmed that several Manchester United players are unavailable for this weekend’s game against Watford, including Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini.

When Martial first signed and Rooney was injured, Fellaini was used as a lone striker against Liverpool. Now, all three are unavailable, meaning United are short on options up front.

So far this season, striker James Wilson has played eight minutes against Arsenal and 45 minutes against Middlesbrough in the League Cup.

I think that everybody knows Michael Carrick and Anthony Martial are injured, but also injured is Fellaini. That’s a surprise because I thought he was recovered after the international break, but still he is injured. And that’s a big blow because Rooney is ill, so we have a big problem, I think.

Martial will miss this weekend’s game but is a possibility for PSV next week, according to Van Gaal.

It’s not so heavy as everybody has written in the media, but he cannot play against Watford. Maybe PSV for Martial but it’s not certain, and I think Rooney shall also play then because illness is not something of many days. And Valencia, of course, has been operated on before the international break already, then Shaw, so we have five injured players, and that’s a lot.