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Louis Van Gaal’s Pre-Liverpool Match Press Conference

Louis van Gaal addressed the press prior to the most heated game in the Premier League, as his Manchester United side face Liverpool on Sunday.

The Dutchman spoke to MUTV beforehand, and provided some injury updates.

“Schweinsteiger is coming back but he needs more time. Carrick is injured & cannot play against Liverpool”, LVG announced.

Louis van Gaal’s defensive woes continue, as although Phil Jones could be back soon, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rojo and Antonio Valencia are still unavailable. Recent returnee Adnan Januzaj is now in contention to join the fold once again, though. The Belgian midfielder is yet to feature for the side since his recall from Borussia Dortmund.

“We’ve taken no risks and we have built him up in our way of training sessions.. Now he can be on the bench or he shall play for the second team/U21 side.”

United drew 3-3 with relegation candidates Newcastle on Tuesday, and LVG realised the significance of the lost opportunity to keep pressure on the League’s top four.

“I think I was more disappointed than the fans, I noticed that. I noticed that on the street and I had a lot of support on the street, but then I say to them that we lost two points and two points is very important in this period because we have to win points. Of course, after the result we have won one point on Tottenham Hotspur, for example, but that is not enough.”

He also realises the extent of the grudge match between the two sides this weekend, having experienced one of it’s flashpoints last year in an infamous encounter. Van Gaal is urging caution on his side’s behalf.

“You can see it at the faces of the players. Last season for example, Gerrard is on and sent off within 30 seconds”, he remarked.

“That is not happening so much. We need to be aggressive, but also under control in these kind of matches. But that is always difficult, because the passion to play these kind of games is always high.”

The United boss was then thrown a slight curveball – he was asked about the situation regarding Real Madrid’s transfer ban and the impact it may have on current United number one David De Gea. Possibly as a result, Louis van Gaal’s answer was indecisive, but to his credit (and our slight surprise), he indeed attempted to answer it.

“I don’t know, because I don’t think that kind of thing plays in the mind of David De Gea and I have never thought. That was in the period before the transfer period, but now I am seeing David De Gea who is enjoying being here at Manchester United and playing good games.”

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