Football

Van Gaal ready to axe players

Louis van Gaal will sit down with his players after their tour and tell them whether they have a future at Manchester United.

Van Gaal (below) and his 25-man squad fly back to Manchester, following their final game of the US tour against Liverpool this morning (Singapore time).

The Dutchman has racked up morale-boosting wins over the Los Angeles Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but he is still unhappy with certain aspects of his squad.

Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Wilfried Zaha face an uncertain future after limited playing time in America, while Marouane Fellaini and Anderson, who have not made the trip, could also be shown the door.

Van Gaal wants to tell his players whether they have made the cut well before the transfer window closes, so he will approach them individually and inform them of their fate when they get back to England.

"I shall make judgments after the tour," the United boss said. "I have let all the players play so I know now more than I did before.

"But, in football, you have to judge. Always you have to give a chance to a player to make a transfer when you see that his perspective is not so high to play.

"You have to say it in advance. When you say it on Aug 31, it's too late. I shall say to the players what I think after the tour."

Van Gaal also thinks Robin van Persie is unlikely to be fit to face Swansea on Aug 16 for United's Premier League opener.

"I have to look at van Persie to see if he is coming back or not," said van Gaal, who coached the Holland striker at the World Cup.

"But, if you have three weeks holiday and only four days training before the Valencia friendly (on Aug 12), you are not fit enough.

"For the first game in the Premier League, it's possible but I don't think so." - PA Sport.