Van Gaal: Only Shaw and Schweinsteiger out of Everton game with injury

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has said only Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger will definitely miss Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final against Everton on Saturday through injury.

Both players are sidelined with long-term injuries and were expected to miss the clash anyway. The only other concern is Adnan Januzaj who may be forced to miss the clash as well.

Speaking at his press conference on Thursday, van Gaal said: “[The squad is] Nearly fit. Only Shaw and Schweinsteiger are unable to play and maybe Januzaj because he didn’t play yet in the second team. But we have a full squad of fit players.”

That means the likes of Ander Herrera, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are all going to be available for Man United’s squad this weekend which will be the healthiest it has looked in terms of injuries in some time.

Van Gaal will certainly have some selection headaches for the showpiece at Wembley. Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been superb at full-back since breaking through into the first-team but both Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian played well against Crystal Palace, so he has genuine options for the first time in a while.

Up front should be much simpler with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both set to start but is there a spot in the team for Wayne Rooney? Only if he sits in an unusual position like he did in midfield on Wednesday versus Crystal Palace.

All in all, it’s excellent team news to hear all our players are returning from injury, especially at a time where Everton are struggling so badly with the likes of Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman, Gareth Barry and Tony Hibbert all ruled out of the FA Cup semi-final.

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