Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could make his first start for the Red Devils against Newcastle.
The German international has made three substitute appearances for Manchester United since he moved from Bayern Munich to Old Trafford in a deal said to have been worth around €15 million.
Schweinsteiger has been working his way back to full fitness after a disrupted pre-season, and now Van Gaal has hinted he's ready to throw him in at the deep end against Newcastle at Old Trafford.
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Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Dutch boss told reporters when asked if Schweinsteiger is ready to start: "Yes, of course. It’s a matter of time. Maybe it shall happen tomorrow. You never know. I think he can still do better because when you are not fit enough then it is difficult to show your highest level.
"But I think it’s also a matter of time and we have seen a solution in rotating our [second] captain, Michael Carrick, with Schweinsteiger. I think it’s a very good solution because we can spare them both for the big moments."
There was less than positive news regarding Marcos Rojo however as he continues his attempts to get back to full fitness.
The Argentinian international spent the summer with his country at the Copa America, and was also delayed when he attempted to join up with Manchester United on their pre-season tour of north America because of passport issues.
That has left him well short of fitness compare to his team-mates and Van Gaal concedes this wekeend's fixture will come too soon. Phil Jones is also expected to miss the game as he continues to come back from an illness.
"It’s still the same," van Gaal said, when asked to provide an injury update. "Only Jones is ill, but it’s getting better with him. He’s already running on the pitch. It’s not bad. Rojo needs match fitness, yes."