Louis van Gaal gives team news update ahead of Swansea City game

Louis van Gaal

Manchester United have a number of injury concerns while Robin van Persie continues to train ahead of the club's first Premier League battle.

Of all the players unavailable for selection for Louis van Gaal's debut match in the Premier League, only a handful would have been challenging for a first team place at Manchester United.

The Dutchman has completed a largely successful pre-season as Manchester United went unbeaten, even picking up the International Champions Cup in the United States, but van Gaal is without a number of stars due to extended leave from World Cup duty or because of injury.

Providing an update to his possible team news, van Gaal told a press conference earlier today, Friday that: "Sam Johnson the goalkeeper is injured, [Antonio] Valencia is injured, [Luke] Shaw and [Johnny] Evans is out so that is three defenders, ummm… [Danny] Welbeck and I believe that is it," he said.

On Robin van Persie, he said: "Robin will not play this weekend, he has to train."

With regards to Shaw, it had been suggested by Raymond Verheijen, a fitness expert and long-running detractor of "periodisation" in English football, that the injury could have been prevented.

Finding the potential cause for Shaw being hamstrung, in a muscular injury that could sideline the young Englishman for a month, van Gaal said: "It is difficult to look for the solution. There are a lot of reasons which can be a cause.

"The first reason is the World Championship, second is travelling and jet-lag in United States, third is physical training. Fourth is he didn't fit in, fifth is the traveling back and another match on Tuesday that was also difficult. Sixth is amount of training sessions.

"But yea, we are doing half of what I have done with other clubs. I cannot assume we did that wrong.

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"It is difficult to prove what is the cause, I have already said, I am too clever for this," a prickly van Gaal said when another journalist repeated the line of questioning.

On his own personal readiness for the Swansea City game at Old Trafford, he concluded by remarking: "I am not ready but my squad is ready. Not nervous, no no. I don't play football. Not I. My squad is ready."

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