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Louis Van Gaal’s Pre-PSV Press Conference

We round up what Louis Van Gaal had to say in today’s press conference before United’s clash with PSV at Old Trafford.

With Group B in the Champions League finely poised, Manchester United cannot afford to slip up on Wednesday night against Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.

The Rood-witten defeated United in the return fixture in September, but trail the Red Devils by a point, as do German side Wolfsburg. With Louis van Gaal’s side then facing Wolfsburg away on the last matchday, it’s imperative that his charges get a result from both games to ensure qualification.

They will have to do so with a sizeable injury list, although some stars may yet make it to the pitch.

LVG confirmed that five players were injured. Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones have been ruled out, along with the long-term absences of full-backs Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia.

In the return meeting against PSV, Luke Shaw suffered a horrific injury.

“I think the first match was very disappointing. Not only because of the result but also because of the loss of Luke Shaw – for me and for us he is a very important player. I said in advance already that he would be the revelation of this season.”

He added that his players won’t target PSV’s Hector Moreno, who was the culprit.

“No, my players are not doing that, I am sure of that,” van Gaal asserted.

“I don’t think that shall be an issue. I have said already that was not his purpose.

In football that can happen and it is not the first time someone in football has had a broken leg.”

Elsewhere on the injury front:

“Fellaini, Martial and Rooney have shown on the training ground their fitness. Every match it’s the same procedure,” van Gaal stated.

“Schweinsteiger was not training because he needed a recovery day, but that doesn’t mean he will not play.”

On Memphis’ new positioning and subsequent good showing at the weekend, LVG had this to say:

“I think how we played it was the same system as I played with the Dutch national team, and then he has more freedom and these players are so happy with that freedom they can excel and he showed that in the first half.”

Fan favourite Daley Blind joined the conference and spoke about what the team learned from their September loss.

“The most important lesson for us is that we have to play the ball quicker and at a much higher tempo. We created chances there but we didn’t finish them. We really want to take the three points and we have to prepare ourselves to our utmost best.”

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