Robin van Persie, Luke Shaw out for Manchester United vs. Swansea
AUG 15, 2014 2:20p ET
The striker returned to preseason training late after reaching the World Cup semifinals, under Van Gaal, with the Netherlands.
Asked whether Van Persie might be fit enough to play Saturday, Van Gaal said: "No chance. He has to train."
"Robin wants to play every game, I know that, but so do the other 30 players in the squad," he said at the time. "But players have to train and Robin needs a full training regime behind him before he can play again."
Big-money signing Luke Shaw will also miss out Saturday after picking up a hamstring injury, but Van Gaal is confident of filling the gap left by the teenager.
"We played in the USA [preseason tour] with Reece James and Ashley Young in that position [left wing back]," he reminded reporters. "I'm not worried."
Sam Johnstone, Antonio Valencia, Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck all join Shaw in being unavailable for the Premier League curtain-raiser through injury.
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