first_img1 Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal Robin van Persie is expected to go straight back into Manchester United’s starting line-up at Swansea on Saturday after overcoming injury.The Dutch striker missed the 3-1 win over Preston in the FA Cup clash on Monday after picking up a knock, but has been passed fit for the trip to the Liberty Stadium.His return means Louis van Gaal will have to decide whether to hand his fellow countryman a start at the expense of Wayne Rooney or Radamel Falcao – or drop his captain into midfield.Van Gaal will also welcome back defender Phil Jones, who missed the victory against Preston with a knee problem.The meeting with Swansea has come too soon for Michael Carrick, however, with the experienced midfielder expected to return to training next week having been sidelined with a calf injury since the end of last month.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Van Gaal said: “They [Jones and Van Persie] are fit to play.“Only Carrick is still injured. I think he shall train with the group next week. I expect that, but you never know. You’ll have to wait and see.”United head to Wales having lost just one of their last 19 games, but the run of good form has not spared Van Gaal from criticism from fans not entirely taken with the style of play under him.The Dutchman knows improvements must be made, although he insists producing positive results remains his main priority.“I am never 100 per cent happy,” the 63-year-old said.“We can play better but the main thing is to win your match, not to lose.“We have shown this year a lot of times team spirit and that is very attractive for the fans but also for the coach, because then you can see a player wants to follow you.”last_img

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