Van Gaal’s press conference for Southampton: What to expect

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal will address the media at 4pm this afternoon ahead of Manchester United’s game against Southampton this weekend. What can we expect to hear from the United boss?

1. The latest team news for Southampton will be the most important news of the day. Luke Shaw, Rafael, Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia have all returned to training which means Ashley Young is the only Man United player who is currently not training but how many will be fit to face Southampton?

2. After the signing of Victor Valdes was confirmed yesterday, Van Gaal will certainly be further questioned on what his signing means for the club and also the impact it could have on David de Gea.

3. Van Gaal will also no doubt be questioned on De Gea’s future once again (unless instructed not to by United’s press officer). With De Gea’s contract running out next summer, it is United’s prerogative to get the Spaniard tied down to a new deal.

4. After what has been a busy week for United in the transfer market, Van Gaal will be asked whether any more arrivals are expected in January.

5. As well as arrivals, the future of quite a few United players could be mentioned including Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos who both look to be on their way out after the arrival of Valdes.

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