By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick have been ruled out of Manchester United’s showdown against Liverpool on Sunday.

Manager Louis van Gaal revealed on Friday that the key midfield pair are injured and not in consideration to play in the Premier League clash at Anfield.

Speaking on Friday afternoon, Van Gaal told MUTV at the Aon Training Complex: “Schweinsteiger is coming back but he needs more time. Carrick is injured and cannot play [against Liverpool].”

It means that the manager is almost certain to stick with Morgan Schneiderlin and Marouane Fellaini in central midfield for the trip to Merseyside.

Van Gaal will also be without Phil Jones as well as long-term absentees Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo.

Germany World Cup winner Schweinsteiger will miss his second consecutive match after also being sidelined for Tuesday’s 3-3 thriller at Newcastle.

Major doubt: Van Gaal has ruled Schweinsteiger out of the Newcastle clash

Testing times: Van Gaal has ruled Schweinsteiger out of the Liverpool clash

He suffered a knee injury in the closing stages of United’s 1-0 FA Cup third-round win over Sheffield United on Saturday night after a 50-50 tackle with Chris Basham left him sprawled on the deck.

It initially appeared as if Schweinsteiger may have torn a ligament but, after a lengthy spell of treatment, the midfielder waved off the stretcher and finished the match, which was won by an injury-time penalty from Wayne Rooney.