Van Gaal gives latest Man United injury update ahead of West Brom clash
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gives an update on Wayne Rooney, Jonny Evans and Robin van Persie
Louis van Gaal says Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is fit to face West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Red Devils forward was an injury doubt after the 29-year-old injured his knee in the second half of their 3-0 defeat by Everton at Goodison Park last weekend.
However, United manager Van Gaal confirmed that Rooney would be ready to face Tony Pulis’ side at Old Trafford as the Red Devils look to secure their Champions League spot.
“Rooney is fit to play, it was not so heavy as we expected,” Van Gaal told his pre-match media conference at Carrington on Friday afternoon.
“Wayne is very important for us, so I am very happy. Jones is fit but we have to see his match rhythm, of course. But Shaw has trouble with his groin so he cannot play.”
Rooney has scored 12 goals and has made five assists in 30 Premier League appearances this season.
On United centre-half Evans, Van Gaal added: “It is unbelievable. For six weeks he had nothing and he could not play or participate in the selection [due to suspension] and then he had an injury. It is unbelievable, but it is true.”
The Red Devils boss added that he was pleased to see Netherlands internaitonal Robin van Persie score twice for United’s Under-21 side on Monday.
“He played 80 minutes, and I think that’s good. When you score two goals also, it gives a boost for the confidence of Robin. He can play but we have to wait and see if I let him play, of course.”
United are seven points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool with four games remaining.