Sep 21, 2014 at 1.30pm UK at ​King Power Stadium
LeicesterLeicester City
5-3
Man UtdManchester United
Ulloa (17', 83' pen.), Nugent (62' pen.), Cambiasso (64'), Vardy (79')
de Laet (33')
FT(HT: 1-2)
van Persie (13'), di Maria (16'), Herrera (57')
Rooney (83')
Blackett (83')

Live Coverage: Louis van Gaal's weekly Manchester United press conference

Sports Mole brings you live coverage of Louis van Gaal's press conference ahead of Manchester United's match against Leicester City.

Louis van Gaal has revealed that his injury list is down to six players for Manchester United's trip to the King Power Stadium this weekend.

Chris Smalling is among those returning from injury for the match against Leicester City.

The team will be looking for back-to-back wins after securing their first victory of the campaign last week.

Read what else Van Gaal discussed below.


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4.17pmGood afternoon! Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is due to speak to reporters in the next 15 minutes as his side prepare to face Leicester City this weekend.

4.20pmAfter a difficult start to the season, the club's form finally seemed to have turned around last weekend when they cruised to victory over Queens Park Rangers, and will be hoping for more of the same this week with a trip to another of the newly-promoted sides.

4.23pmUnlike many of the sides currently above them in the table, United head into this match after a week of, with no European competition involvement this season. Van Gaal also has no midweek fixture to prepare for this coming week, when many of the top flight sides are in action in the League Cup.

4.26pmWhile United currently have quite a light run of fixtures, they have a tricky run coming up next month, with matches against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal all in the space of just over three weeks, so Van Gaal will be keen to get as many points on the board as possible before then.

4.29pmDon't forget, we'll have live coverage from the match on Sunday, as well as reaction, analysis and player ratings after the match.

4.31pmThe manager is ready to talk to reporters, so let's see what he has to say this week...

4.33pmVan Gaal begins by saying that he believes the clubs fans "shall enjoy themselves" watching the team this season, adding: "I started with another system. Now we have bought players in and you have to look at their qualities."

4.34pmThe manager is asked why Adnan Januzaj has not been more involved this season. He responds: "Januzaj has to compete with other players, you cannot play 15 players. When we play 4-3-3 Januzaj will get more opportunities."

4.37pmThere has been speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford in the future, but Van Gaal does not believe that Real Madrid will sell the Portuguese playmaker: "It's always a discussion in the papers and I don't think the media shall buy Ronaldo. When it is possible, what I said with Falcao, players like Ronaldo give a lot extra to selection or to a team, but I don't think Real Madrid shall sell him."

4.39pmWhen asked about certain players being involved in the starting lineup more than others, Van Gaal reveals: "Only the captain has privileges. Blackett is maybe the surprising one but he's doing very well. I don't think any player is fixed."

4.42pmSticking with player selection, Van Gaal admits that he has more strikers than he can use: "Falcao is a very good striker and I like van Persie. Then we have Rooney, Januzaj and Wilson. We have five players for two positions. Januzaj has to compete with very strong strikers."

4.45pmHaving listed nine injured players for the last couple of weeks, Van Gaal is pleased when he's asked about injuries this week: "I'm very happy you asked me that question, I only have six injuries now. Smalling is back."

4.48pmThat's it from Van Gaal this week, as the Dutchman returns to continue his preparations for the match. Thanks for joining me this afternoon, and don't forget to come back to find out if United can make it back-to-back wins on Sunday. Until then, goodbye.

 Manager Louis van Gaal of Manchester United walks to his seat prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at Stadium of Light on August 24, 2014
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