Man Utd Team News: van Gaal Confirms Duo Will Miss Leicester Clash
Louis van Gaal has confirmed just two players will be missing when Manchester United take on Leicester City at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester United will look to continue their push for the top four when they entertain champions-elect Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.
Ahead of the game, Louis van Gaal has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s given ManUtd.com a team news and injury update.
The Dutchman was pleased to reveal that the club have suffered no fresh injury worries following last weekend’s dramatic FA Cup semi final win over Everton at Wembley.
Therefore, van Gaal confirmed that United’s only two injury absentees against Leicester this weekend will be long-term injury victims Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luke Shaw.
Schweinsteiger has missed the last six matches in all competitions after suffering a serious knee ligament injury while away with the German national team last month and the midfielder is unlikely to play again this season.
Shaw on the other hand has been working his way back to full fitness with the clubs physios in recent weeks after stepping-up his rehabilitation following a double leg break that he suffered back in September.
van Gaal says the young defender is progressing ‘very well’ in his recovery but is still not considered fit enough to make his first team comeback just yet, however, there is still a chance Shaw could return in time for the FA Cup final next month.
The United boss told the clubs website:
“We don’t have any injuries, except Shaw, who is already not injured any more but is building up, and Schweinsteiger.”
“He can, maybe [make the FA Cup final], but it shall be difficult because he has to play first a lot of matches in the second team.”
“We have to wait and see because you cannot say anything. It’s going very well with him.”
United welcome Leicester to Old Trafford this weekend sitting five points adrift of forth-placed Arsenal with a game in hand so van Gaal will be desperate for a win to keep the pressure on the Gunners as the race for Champions League qualification hots-up.
The game has added spice as the Foxes know they can secure a sensational Premier League title if they collect all three points at Old Trafford on Sunday, which is something United will be keen to avoid on their own patch.
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