Louis van Gaal held his customary pre-match press conference on Wednesday, ahead of the second leg of Manchester United's Europa League round of 16 encounter with Liverpool. United head into the match at Old Trafford 2-0 down, after an embarrassingly poor performance at Anfield in the reverse fixture.
The good news is that Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ashley Young and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are all set to be involved; the bad news is that none of them are fit to start. Quoted on the official United website, van Gaal said of Young and Borthwick-Jackson:
"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."
Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Will Keane and Wayne Rooney are all described as "long-term absentees".