Louis van Gaal has revealed that Bastian Schweinsteiger is a doubt to face Newcastle United next week after the German picked up an injury in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday.
Schweinsteiger looked to be in pain following a 50/50 challenge late on at Old Trafford but finished the match as Man United had used all their substitutions.
Van Gaal updated fans on Schweinsteiger’s injury and also explained why Morgan Schneiderlin was left out of the squad to face Sheffield United.
“It shall be difficult of course [for Schweinsteiger to face Newcastle],” van Gaal said.
“I don’t know yet but I think he has a knee problem. Everyone thinks he has an ankle problem but I think it’s more the knee than the ankle. We’ll have to wait and see.
“Schneiderlin is not injured but he’s in the red zone and had an overload. In the Christmas period, he played every game and we have to take care of that. I don’t take risks and, because of that, we have a very young bench. I trust these players also because Pereira is coming in and was a very good substitute, I think.
“With our injuries and players in the red zone, we have to take care of it. I think we have done it well.”
Schweinsteiger played alongside Marouane Fellaini during the match and the pair couldn’t get United ticking in an attacking sense.
You get the sense that Schneiderlin’s return is a much more pressing issue as United look far better when the Frenchman is on the pitch. That being said, Schweinsteiger has bags of experience and his presence will be missed if he is forced to sit out against Newcastle.