Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Manchester United have no new injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s game with Newcastle United.
Phil Jones, who is recovering from illness, remains the only absentee for the early kick off at Old Trafford.
News of Man United’s lack of injuries is a refreshing change from the beginning of last season, where Van Gaal was being forced to contend with numerous injury setbacks.
Marcos Rojo is still returning to full fitness but United are more or less at full strength ahead of their contest with Newcastle.
“It’s still the same,” van Gaal said, when asked to provide an update on injuries.
“Only Jones is ill, but it’s getting better with him. He’s already running on the pitch. It’s not bad. Rojo needs match fitness, yes.”
Last season’s staggering injury crisis hampered United’s early season progress and blemished their chances of troubling Chelsea at the top of the table.
Van Gaal’s ability to have a consistent defence in terms of selection has no doubt helped towards consecutive clean sheets in 1-0 wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa and he’ll be hoping for more of the same against Newcastle.
In particular, keeping Chris Smalling fit is absolutely crucial for United right now. He has started off this season in excellent form and looks to have matured into a top quality centre-back, something many wondered whether he could be.
Injuries play such an important role in any team’s ability to challenge for the title and if United are going to have any chance of doing that this year.