United’s fitness levels were certainly on show against Newcastle with the team pushing hard to get the win right until the last whistle, least not with Wayne Rooney whose late run pressured Tim Krul into a rushed clearance which Ashley Young gladly converted.
This season, United have had a torrid time with injuries so van Gaal will be pleased to learn that his players came through the clash against the Magpies unscathed.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 5, 2015
Coming into a tough two week period in which United face Arsenal in the FA Cup and both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the Premier League, the last thing van Gaal would have wanted was fresh injury concerns.
It means United go into this period with a strong squad which puts them in a great position to go and attack the games.