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Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo out of Tottenham showdown

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that neither Bastian Schweinsteiger or Marcos Rojo will feature against Tottenham tomorrow.

The Dutch boss also confirmed that goalkeeper David de Gea won't start the game either because the Spanish international 'cannot manage' playing while he tries to secure a transfer to Real Madrid.

Rojo has spent his summer away with the Argentinian national team at the Copa America and missed a portion of the pre-season tour to north America because of a passport issue, and Van Gaal confirmed he's not match fit as yet. 

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Speaking to reporters at a press conference today he said: "It is not possible for Rojo to be match fit as he was the last player to come back."

Schweinsteiger completed a move to Manchester United from Bayern Munich last month and Van Gaal also confirmed that the German World Cup winner is still working on getting up to full speed. "Schweinsteiger also came at the last moment so I don't think he's fit enough," he explained. "We have to build his fitness."

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The news means that fellow new arrival Morgan Schneiderlin could be in line to make his full debut for the Red Devils, while Daley Blind could fill in at centre-back as he did during pre-season with Rojo out of the picture.

Sergio Romero, who is Manchester United's latest signing, also featured for Argentina at the Copa America and may not be ready to start tomorrow, meaning that youngster Sam Johnstone could get the nod.

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"You have to wait and see who is starting," said Van Gaal when quizzed over who will start in goal against Spurs at Old Trafford tomorrow.

The news casts further doubt over the future of De Gea, who is out of contract next year and has refused to sign an extension at Old Trafford amidst reports that a switch to Real Madrid could be close.

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