Manchester United boss Van Gaal: Will Schweinsteiger start…?

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says Bastian Schweinsteiger won’t start tonight against Europa League.

Schweinsteiger returned from a two-month injury lay-off during last week’s 2-0 first leg defeat at Anfield and, encouragingly, the Germany international enjoyed a second successful cameo appearance during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United in the Emirates FA Cup sixth round tie at Old Trafford.

After confirming Bastian will not start on Thursday, the boss went on to state that Ashley Young and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson will not be involved in his squad to face Liverpool, despite both players returning to training from injury. Antonio Valencia is also not ready, despite featuring for the Under-21s last week.

“They are training now with us but you have to build up more than only one training session or two training sessions,” he told MUTV. 

“For example, Young and Valencia are out for a few months so it is not so easy to come back and that you can adapt to the rhythm of this level.”

“Yeah [it’s too early for them]. Too early also for Schweinsteiger [to start]. He has played two times 10 or 15 minutes, maybe he can play 45 minutes or 30 minutes dependable on the situation also on the pitch.”

“I cannot say in advance but I try to do that of course. His impact was very big in the last game versus West Ham United and he was involved in the goal, I think. 

“But, yeah, I have to cope with the fact when they’re injured, they’re not back at the moment they train one training session with you.”

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