Manchester United fans should expect to see Marouane Fellaini line up from the start against Liverpool tonight, with Louis van Gaal confirming that Bastian Schweinsteiger isn’t yet match fit, after returning to the first team last weekend.

Schweinsteiger has been unavailable since the first week of January, so Van Gaal insists that the midfielder needs more game time before he can start.

Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, who are also close to making a return, won’t be available even for the bench.

They are training now with us but you have to build up more than only one training session or two training sessions. For example, Young and Valencia are out for a few months so it is not so easy to come back and that you can adapt to the rhythm of this level.

Yeah [it’s too early for them]. Too early also for Schweinsteiger [to start]. He has played two times 10 or 15 minutes, maybe he can play 45 minutes or 30 minutes dependable on the situation also on the pitch. I cannot say in advance but I try to do that of course. His impact was very big in the last game versus West Ham United and he was involved in the goal, I think. But, yeah, I have to cope with the fact when they’re injured, they’re not back at the moment they train one training session with you.