After registering a scrappy-lucky win against the Blades, Manchester United now arch onto the next match in the Premier League. The Red Devils will face Newcastle United on 13th January. Ahead of facing Newcastle, the boss said: “We have won two times in a row and maybe it shall give us a boost. You never know. But now we are playing away, it’s also different and Newcastle United is playing very well I think. Ok, I see their game against Arsenal and they played very well. But they didn’t win and that’s the most important thing in football. I don’t hope that they win against us. We have to beat them.”
The manager has also told MUTV that Adnan Januzaj, who has returned from a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, will not play for the Under-21s tonight as originally planned. “We have reconsidered and we think we have to build him up for the game and not to risk too much, by putting him in a match.”
In his interview with MUTV, van Gaal has confirmed Schweinsteiger is unlikely to face Newcastle tomorrow night: “Bastian is injured, that we know,” he explained. “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.”
Newcastle’s official match programme on Tuesday will pay tribute to former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek, who sadly passed away late last month. His old team-mates Alan Shearer, Warren Barton, Peter Beardsley and Steve Harper are among the Magpies who pay tribute inside.