Van Gaal gives latest Man United injury update ahead of Liverpool test

Michael Carrick has been passed fit for Manchester United's clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday

Michael Carrick has been passed fit for Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool on Saturday by manager Louis van Gaal.

The veteran midfielder was sent home from international duty last week after suffering a minor calf injury but the England man is fit and ready to face the Merseyside outfit at Old Trafford.

Youngster Andreas Pereira was injured in a friendly for Brazil’s Olympic team against France and will miss Saturday’s game.

Meanwhile, Van Gaal also refused to reveal whether David De Gea would start in goal for the Red Devils after the Spaniard put an end to the speculation about his future by signing a new four-year contract with United on Friday morning.

Van Gaal told MUTV: “You shall see – you never know [who will play in goal].

“His head is empty now and that is important. He can focus but we have to judge him in training.

“Only Pereira came back from internationals with injury. Carrick can play.”

The Dutchman also revealed that defender Phil Jones is making good progress after missing United’s first six games of the new campaign.

“Jones still injured but he’s going well,” he added. “We need to speak to the specialist.”

United head into Saturday’s game level on points with Liverpool and in fifth place in the Premier League table.

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