Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has no new injury concerns ahead of his side's Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Wednesday (20 April). The 64-year-old Dutchman revealed his squad came through their 1-0 victory against Aston Villa at the weekend unscathed, adding that Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera is fit to return after injury.
United go into the game against Alan Pardew's team knowing they need to win in order to maintain their hopes of finishing inside the Champions League qualifying positions.
Prior to the match, Van Gaal admitted he has no immediate plan to rest in-form 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford, who scored the only goal of the game against Villa. The United boss substituted the teenager before the end of their weekend win and he thinks Rashford should be fine to play against Palace, if he is selected.
"I have changed him after 70 minutes, I believe, and that is to give him a little bit of rest," the United manager explained during his pre-match press conference, according to The Mirror. "He didn't train the day after and also the day after that he didn't train. I want to keep him fresh because he is in the momentum of scoring and that is very important for him but also for the team."
Meanwhile, Van Gaal also offered an update on the return to fitness of full-back Luke Shaw, who suffered a double fracture of his right leg in United's Champions League tie against PSV Eindhoven earlier this season. The Dutchman confirmed Shaw is in good spirits, although he refused to put a time scale on his expected return to action with the first team.
"He's very positive, he's doing great, I cannot deny that so he's training on the pitch," Van Gaal said of United's returning fullback. "But now he's training with the physiotherapist and he has to train with the football coach and that still hasn't happened."