Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger doubts for Newcastle

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United could be without Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin for Tuesday night’s trip to face Newcastle United.

Schweinsteiger suffered what looked like a serious knee injury against Sheffield United and although he continued playing, Louis van Gaal has admitted it ‘will be difficult’ for the German to play only a few days later.

As for Schneiderlin, he missed the Sheffield United game due to being ‘in the red zone’ of his fitness, meaning both could be missing.

“It shall be difficult of course,” van Gaal said of Schweinsteiger’s fitness.

“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.”

We could deal with either of them being injured at any one point but having both out means we’re more than likely going to see Marouane Fellaini play in central midfield, which is never a good look.

Michael Carrick will be drafted in and Ander Herrera could play deeper in theory but van Gaal has preferred to play Fellaini there instead, for some bizarre reason.

At a time where United need a bit of luck to go their way, having both Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin out against Newcastle would certainly not make things any easier.

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