Van Gaal delivers latest Man United injury update ahead of Southampton trip

Louis van Gaal confirms that Wayne Rooney is fit for Manchester United's trip to Southampton in the Premier League

Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for Manchester United’s Premier League trip to Southampton on Sunday afternoon, Louis van Gaal has confirmed.

The England international has missed the Red Devils’ last two games with an undisclosed injury but is now ready to return to action for his club, the United manager revealed on Friday.

The Dutchman also said that defender Phil Jones has returned to training after his recent lay-off, and described Luke Shaw’s broken leg as a “big loss” for United.

The left-back underwent surgery in the Netherlands on Tuesday night after suffering a double fracture of his right leg during the 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.

Van Gaal told MUTV on Friday afternoon: “Shaw’s injury is a big loss but Rooney is fit to play [against Southampton] and Jones has trained with the group.”

Asked about Shaw’s response to the injury, Van Gaal continued: “I have to admit he was strong and firm. It was another look than the day before, so I was happy with that. But of course he knows that it is a long way to go for him. The operation was a good operation but nearly all the operations are always good. We have to wait and see how long it takes.”

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United travel to St Mary’s looking to build on their 3-1 victory over Liverpool in their most recent top-flight outing. The Red Devils are currently second in the table and five points behind early leaders and local rivals Manchester City.

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