Louis van Gaal speaks ahead of clash against Derby County
Manchester United will face Derby County on Friday in the next fixture of the Emirates FA Cup. After losing to Southampton, the team has gone low on confidence, however, the lads will try their best to get the best result in this FA Cup fixture. Ahead of the match, boss Louis van Gaal has spoken about the team update.
Louis confirms that Darmian is sure to miss the game following an injury. The Manchester United defender injured himself in the 1-0 defeat against Southampton after colliding with Shane Long. The fans sent him best wishes for his recovery to which he replied saying, “Thank you all for the support, I’m fine! See you soon.” on his Instagram account.
Van Gaal added that Michael Carrick could return for the game but won’t be played for 90 minutes. Carrick has been absent since the game on January 9 when he registered his 400th appearance for United.
Asked about United’s current injury situation, the manager gave this update on Thursday: “It’s more or less the same. Darmian is now out and maybe Michael Carrick shall come in but of course he’s not able to play 90 minutes. But it’s very good he is coming back. With Darmian, it is very positive actually. It’s not too severe but he’s not able to play against Derby.”
Bastian Schweinsteiger suffered an injury during the second half of the Sheffield United match and that forced the German to miss the three following games. Phil Jones has also not featured since the 2-1 victory over Swansea City at Old Trafford on 2 January and van Gaal is reluctant to state when they will return.
“I cannot say [if they are close] because every time I make a remark about injuries it is always difficult because injuries have developments and you have to wait and see,” the manager said. “Also they have to train and be adapted to the rhythm of the Premier League which is high. When you are more weeks injured it takes more time to adapt to that rhythm.”
Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are still sidelined with long term injuries.
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