Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is confident Bastian Schweinsteiger’s injury is not serious.
The Germany international was injured towards the end of the 1-0 Emirates FA Cup win over Sheffield United and, initially, it looked as though he would be leaving the field on a stretcher.
Instead, he gamely battled on rather than leave the Reds – who had already used all three substitutes by that point – down to 10 men and, thankfully, Wayne Rooney kept his nerve to fire home an injury-time penalty.
With another fixture on the horizon, Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young were rested after their recent exertions, while the boss felt Andreas Pereira showed his quality with a cameo appearance off the bench.
“It shall be difficult of course [for Schweinsteiger to face Newcastle],” said van Gaal.
“I don’t know yet but I think he has a knee problem. Everyone thinks he has an ankle problem but I think it’s more the knee than the ankle. We’ll have to wait and see.”
“Schneiderlin is not injured but he’s in the red zone and had an overload. In the Christmas period, he played every game and we have to take care of that.”
“I don’t take risks and, because of that, we have a very young bench. I trust these players also because Pereira is coming in and was a very good substitute, I think.”
“With our injuries and players in the red zone, we have to take care of it. I think we have done it well.”