Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has expressed hope that first choice goalkeeper David de Gea be fit for the Arsenal game at the weekend.
The Spanish goalkeeper picked up a knee injury during the warm-up ahead of last Thursday’s Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland which the Red Devils lost by 2-1 in his absence.
However, it was better lucky for the under pressure manager as his side breezed past League one side Shrewsbury Town 3-0 to set up a quarter final tie against West Ham United next month.
Van Gaal suggests that de Gea’s injury is not serious but Thursday’s return leg game against FC Midtjylland may come too soon for him but the Arsenal match looks more likely.
“It’s not so heavy but we’ll have to wait and see if he(de Gea) can start on Thursday,” he told reporters.
The United manager also stated his satisfaction with the result against Shrewsbury.
“I am satisfied. I am feeling well before the match as well,” Van Gaal told BT Sport. “It is true we needed some luck.
“It is our chance to qualify ourselves (on Thursday) and that is why it is so important. Day-by-day, always in sport, you can win and lose.”