Ahead of our FA Cup match against Cambridge on Friday, we bring you latest injury round up.
The team was handed a massive boost as Robin van Persie and Luke Shaw have been passed fit to take part in the match. Both players were not part of the team that took on Premier League strugglers QPR. RVP was ruled out due to an ankle injury while Luke Shaw didn’t take part in the same match as the manager wanted him to recover fully from his injury.
It is not known at this time if the former Southampton man would start or take part in the FA Cup match against Cambridge, but what better opportunity to prove his fitness than the match itself. Perhaps, the manager may consider resting RVP for the match. This is not an attempt to disrespect Cambridge, but I think the former Arsenal man should give way to Falcao who has not been given enough game time since joining on loan in the summer.
The FA Cup match could also serve as a massive opportunity for James Wilson to continue his fine form after showing the manager what he was capable of in our last match. Resting RVP is the key to help Manchester United maintain their position in the league and further secure a Champions League spot, which is the minimum target expected of the team this season.
The Dutchman used the occasion of his weekly presser to confirm the fitness of both players. All things being equal, van Persie and Shaw could be named in the starting line-up; whether or not they will both start the match is something for the manager to decide.
However, the team is still without Ashley Young, Smalling and Evans who will all miss Friday’s match against Cambridge.
“We have to wait until training but Ashley Young, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are out for sure,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “Robin van Persie is available, Luke Shaw is also available.”
Unleashing a full squad against Cambridge is perhaps, inevitable considering how much rest the players have had and the fact that United only have the EPL competition to play in since they are not in the champions league and are already out of the league cup.