Date: 1st May 2015 at 5:02pm
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After two successive defeats, at the hands of Chelsea and Everton, Louis van Gaal will be looking to get back to winning ways this Saturday.

Our opposition are West Bromwich Albion, a side managed by Tony Pulis but a side we should be quite capable of beating.

This afternoon Louis van Gaal held his press conference ahead of the game and the Dutchman had a fair bit to say.

Firstly, ending rumours that Wayne Rooney`s season is run, after picking up a knee knock, Van Gaal remarked,

‘Rooney is fit to play, it was not so heavy as we expected.”

As for two more of the walking wounded, Van Gaal had this to say about Phil Jones and Luke Shaw,

‘Jones is fit but we have to see his match rhythm, but Shaw has trouble with his groin so he cannot play.’

Another probing question based on the presumption made by Tony Pulis that Manchester United need to be pushing for the title next season, Louis responded,

‘The board has given me three years for that objective, so yes.

‘This year we have not challenged Chelsea but we are very close to second position.

‘Chelsea are far above the other clubs. Next year it can be different. Next year we shall be better prepared.’


Picking up on the injury situation once more, with Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo missing with a calf and a groin problem respectively, but more linked to the extensive number of injuries United have suffered this season, Van Gaal added,

‘There are many circumstances that you can find for the reason for the injury list. In the second part of the season we had fewer injuries. Then we have made the points.

‘Injuries are part of the job. Football is a sport of resistance”


A bit of a politicians answer there but with a general election just around the corner perhaps we should have expected something along those lines.