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Louis van Gaal confirms Manchester United injury list down to one player

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal took great satisfaction in revealing that Ashley Young is the only first-team player unavailable for Sunday's Premier League clash against Southampton after confirming that Luke Shaw has recovered in time to face his former club at Old Trafford this weekend.

The Dutchman informed the gathered media at Friday's pre-match press conference that midfielder Daley Blind returned to Red Devils training this week and Marcos Rojo is scheduled to be involved with the senior squad at Carrington tomorrow.

Brazilian right-back Rafael is the only player that "might not be risked" when Ronald Koeman's Saints side arrive at the Theatre of Dreams, meaning that Van Gaal has as near to as fully fit a team to pick from since taking over as manager.

Providing an update on Young's diagnosis after he limped out of the 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on New Year's Day, the 63-year-old confirmed the hamstring strain is likely to keep the winger sidelined for four to six weeks.

Manchester United will be looking to extend their 11-game unbeaten run against high-flying Southampton, and in doing so will widen the gap between themselves - in third spot - and fourth place in the table.

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Marouane Fellaini is another crocked midfield player that has stepped up his recovery over the past seven days and is back in contention for inclusion in the matchday squad. However, the one player that all Red Devils fans will be most happy about is the expected return to the starting line-up of Angel di Maria.

The Argentina international featured in the FA Cup third round victory over Yeovil Town last weekend, and is ready to start a first Premier League game since November.

Another subject that Van Gaal was asked to speak a little bit about by reporters was the capture of Victor Valdes after the Spanish goalkeeper signed an 18-month contract with Manchester United on Thursday.

The Red Devils boss knows the 32-year-old well from his time in charge of Barcelona and praised the professional attitude shown by the veteran custodian as he continued his recovery from a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in March last year.

Valdes has been training with the club since mid October, and has been rewarded for his hard work and commitment with a deal until the summer of 2016 that also has an option for a further year.

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