Louis van Gaal has revealed that Bastian Schweinsteiger is likely to miss Tuesday’s encounter with Newcastle through injury.
The German midfielder appeared to suffer a nasty looking knee injury late on against Sheffield United on Saturday but, with United having already made all three subs, he played on until the final whistle.
Van Gaal believes that his decision to remain on the pitch may have done further damage.
"Bastian is injured, that we know," Van Gaal told MUTV at the Aon Training Complex. "We have seen that because he could not move."
The Dutch boss didn’t reveal how long exactly Schweinsteiger is set to be out for but it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be fit to face Newcastle on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old is also a doubt for United’s huge encounter with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
Van Gaal was also quizzed about the amount of fans that left Old Trafford early, ultimately missing Wayne Rooney’s late penalty to send them through to the next round of the FA Cup.
“It could also be because of the traffic that they left the stadium a few minutes earlier. There are many reasons to leave a stadium before the last minute,” he said.
“The fans have supported our team and it is not an easy time now. The fans were there also. How many stadiums were like our stadium – it was full, I think? You can mention how they leave but you can also mention how they come to this stadium for the FA Cup match.”
The Red Devils manager also admitted that he understood the sarcastic cheers from the home crowd when Memphis Depay fired in a rare shot. Van Gaal’s side only managed two shots on target against the League One side during the 90 minutes - much to the fans dismay.
“Yes, I can understand that because it was a fact that we were not shooting too much or were not able to shoot at the goal so much. That they were ironic I can imagine."
Van Gaal went onto admit that his squad are struggling with the fixture congestion and he’s currently unsure who will be fit to face the Magpies at St. James’ Park.
"That is difficult, because it is so close to the match against Sheffield United," he said. "We have to recover. Yesterday we recovered but we have to see if the players are still overloaded or not. Until this moment, the players have not arrived so we have to wait and see."
Despite their opponents languishing in 18th position, the 64-year-old manager is under no illusions about the tough task his side faces when they line-up against Newcastle.
“We have won two times in a row and maybe it shall give us a boost. You never know. But now we are playing away, it’s also different and Newcastle United is playing very well I think.
"Ok, I see their game against Arsenal and they played very well. But they didn’t win and that’s the most important thing in football. I don’t hope that they win against us. We have to beat them.”
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