Manchester United’s latest team news and injuries for Liverpool

by Phil Shearer

Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw are close to a return to first team action but the game against Liverpool has come too soon for either player to make their return to the starting XI.

However, van Gaal has indicated that both could make the bench. Speaking about the duo, United’s boss said: “I don’t think they are fit to play, but maybe on the bench. I have to see how they are.”

Rojo and Shaw both sat out the 3-0 win over Spurs last week, but their return will be a welcome boost as we reach the business end of the season.

The boss also provided an update on Robin van Persie’s progress and the Dutchman has started some running exercises as he steps up his recovery from ankle issues. Van Gaal said: “He was today [Friday], for the first time, on the training pitch running, so he has made progression also.” Wayne Rooney has found good goal-scoring form since leading United’s attack but van Persie’s return will bring welcome firepower to United’s attack.

On the subject of suspensions, Jonny Evans remains suspended following his punishment for the spitting incident in United’s 1-0 win over Newcastle.

Angel di Maria will make his return to the squad following his one match suspension as a result of his red card in the disappointing FA Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal. Di Maria’s return will likely prove to be van Gaal’s biggest decision for the Liverpool game as he ponders whether to remain unchanged from the impressive win over Spurs or bring Di Maria straight back in to the starting eleven.

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