Van Gaal delivers latest Man Utd injury update ahead of Everton clash

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Wayne Rooney should be available to face Everton at Goodison Park

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney should be fit to face Everton after the Red Devils suffered a number of injury blows over the international break.

The 29-year-old skipper and his United team-mate Michael Carrick didn’t feature for England in their victories over Estonia and Lithuania in their Euro 2016 qualifiers over the past week.

However, United manager Van Gaal confirmed that Rooney should be ready to face the Toffees along with experienced midfielder Carrick at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

“Wayne Rooney, I think he can play and Michael Carrick can play as well,” Van Gaal told MUTV.

“I was very pleased with Jones. Yes, of course [he is fit] because he has already played for me two times for 15 or 20 minutes. Then he plays for the England team. When I want to select him I can select him for the line-up.”

However, another England midfielder Ashley Young won’t face Everton on Merseyside after suffering a fitness problem in their 3-0 loss to bitter rivals Arsenal at The Emirates before the international break.

Van Gaal did deliver good news on uncapped Spain midfielder Ander Herrera and Argentina international Marcos Rojo after the 64-year-old confirmed the pair were available for selection against Everton.

“They were injured and they have a rehabilitation period behind their back and everything went well,” Van Gaal added. “They are also fit to play – maybe not 90 minutes but you never know.”

United are in third place in the Premier League table.


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