Van Gaal gives injury update.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has provided injury update ahead of United's game against Aston Villa on Saturday.

He gave update on the fitness of Chris Smalling, Robin van Persie and Luke Shaw. "There is only Smalling, who is ill," van Gaal told MUTV.

"He is still ill so I have to wait and see if he can train today [Friday] - it is very close to the game.

"Robin is coming back on the [training] pitch and Luke Shaw has already had a week on there, but match rhythm is very important.

You cannot compare a player who has been out for four or five weeks to those that have sufficient match rhythm."

"We have a process for injured players in the medical department, they then go to a football coach for tests and then to me. Robin still isn't with the football coach. He's still not in my group.

Luke Shaw is in my group, that's different, but van Persie isn't available."

United will be hoping for a win after defeating Spurs and Liverpool in the last two games.

Simon Omokhua [@Simonomokhua]

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