Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that striker Radamel Falcao and defender Marcos Rojo could return to the Red Devils’ squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Hull City.
Falcao returned to training last Sunday after recovering from a calf injury, while Rojo has been out of action since last month’s Manchester derby, during which he injured his shoulder.
But speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, Van Gaal confirmed that both players are in contention to make their returns against the Tigers this weekend.
Van Gaal: Players must fight for places
Van Gaal offered no clues as to who will start upfront, however. Speculation is rife that Robin van Persie will be dropped to the substitutes’ bench in favour of either Falcao or James Wilson following the Dutch striker’s disappointing performance against Arsenal, but Van Gaal was only prepared to say that all of his players must fight to make the starting line-up.
"Every player has to fight for his position and I shall always pick the best of the players,” he told reporters. “It has to be a suitable mix."
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Van Gaal wants top-four finish
Manchester United occupy fourth spot in the Premier League table following last Saturday’s 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium. Van Gaal admits he’s happy with his side’s current position, but says it’s imperative they’re still there come May.
"We are still fourth so I am happy,” he added, “but we have to be at least fourth at the end of the season, not now.
"We have to improve our playing style and beat opponents more easily."
Shaw out for a "few weeks"
If Rojo is declared fit to start, the Argentina international could replace the injured Luke Shaw, who Van Gaal confirmed will be out of action for a “few weeks” after sustaining an ankle injury against the Gunners.
Shaw is the latest player to join Manchester United’s ever-growing injury list, which also features the likes of Rafael, Phil Jones and Daley Blind.