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Van Gaal expects De Gea, Di Maria and Carrick to play Arsenal

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has confirmed David de Gea and Angel di Maria are fit to face Arsenal this weekend after overcoming injuries, and expects Michael Carrick to be available for selection too.

De Gea dislocated his little finger during the international break but has been able to overcome the injury which is fantastic news for Manchester United because he has been one of our best players this season.

Anders Lindegaard was set to deputise for De Gea but the Spaniard’s shot-stopping abilities are going to be needed up against an Arsenal side who are likely to create a lot of chances.

Di Maria’s fitness is equally as important given how integral he has been to United’s attacking threat and it opens up the opportunity forDavid De Gealay some counter-attacking football on Saturday because of his pace.

“David De Gea is good, no problem,” said Van Gaal this afternoon.

Michael Carrick, we have to wait for the reaction tomorrow in the training session. But I expect that he is also ready to play.”

Carrick’s fitness isn’t confirmed yet but with Daley Blind ruled out, it would be well timed for him to return to his traditional role in midfield. Without Carrick in the side, Van Gaal would have to play Darren Fletcher or use a new alternative for the midfield anchor role.

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