Matteo Darmian and Adnan Januzaj will not feature in Sunday's Premier League game against Bournemouth, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed.
The pair have both suffered injuries in the last week, with Darmian being forced off in last Saturday's win over Norwich City before Januzaj was halted in a recent training session.
FA Cup final still in sight
However, van Gaal stopped short of ruling the duo out on next Saturday’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, as the Dutchman, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, claimed, “they can possibly be back.”
Speaking further on each player’s chances, van Gaal added that he would have “have to wait and see for the final” for Januzaj, whilst claiming that Darmian “is still out but can be in [the final].”
The Dutchman also said the pair’s involvement in next weekend’s final “is dependable on the progress [of the two players]”, although it would be a surprise if either were included from the start against Crystal Palace, especially Januzaj.
Limited recent game time for both
The Belgium international, who is not even on the standby list for his country’s Euros squad in the summer, has not started a game for United since being recalled from his loan spell with Borussia Dortmund in January. He’s managed just three substitute appearances for the first team since then.
Darmian has also seen his spot at right-back taken from him by Antonio Valencia in the last few weeks, with the Italian having been limited to appearances on the opposite side of defence. He has not even been able to get into the team there either, though, with van Gaal seeming to prefer Marcos Rojo in that role.
Van Gaal provides Shaw update
Meanwhile, van Gaal also spoke about the fitness of left-back Luke Shaw, who has been out since suffering a double leg break in last September’s away defeat to PSV Eindhoven.
Unfortunately, van Gaal said Shaw “cannot reach the level to play” and that “he needs more time”, meaning United’s talented young defender will not play again until next season.