Van Gaal delivers latest Man United injury update ahead of Newcastle clash
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Bastian Schweinsteiger won't feature against Newcastle United
Louis van Gaal says Bastian Schweinsteiger is injured and the midfielder won’t face Newcastle United on Tuesday night.
The Germany international picked up an injury during the latter stages of United’s 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday evening.
We have to see if the players are still overloaded or not
Louis van Gaal
Schweinsteinger valiantly played on despite his problem as Van Gaal had already used his three substitutes in search of a late winner at Old Trafford.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of their trip to St James’s Park on Tuesday night, Van Gaal confirmed that Schweinsteiger won’t line-up against the Magpies.
“Bastian is injured, that we know,” Van Gaal said. “We have seen that because he could not move.
“In spite of playing more or less with 10-and-a-half men, we beat Sheffield United and we were very happy with that.”
The Dutch coach also revealed that he will have to assess the other members of his Red Devils squad in training ahead of Tuesday night’s game.
“That is difficult, because it is so close to the match against Sheffield United,” Van Gaal continued.
“We have to recover. Yesterday we recovered but we have to see if the players are still overloaded or not. Until this moment, the players have not arrived so we have to wait and see.
“After I know all the data, I can line up. That is why it is always difficult in a period when we have to play a lot of matches. You have to wait to see how the players are recovering of the load in the match.”
Van Gaal added that Belgium international Adnan Januzaj won’t feature for United’s Under-21 side on Monday night after his return from a loan spell at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
“We have reconsidered and we think we have to build him up for the game and not risk too much by putting him in a game at once,” Van Gaal added.