Manchester United striker Robin van Persie ruled out for a month
David Moyes was dealt a blow on Friday as news emerged that Robin van Persie won’t play again for Manchester United this year.
December 13th, 2013
The Dutchman has had a series of injury problems this season and a thigh injury will now keep the former Arsenal forward out of action for the next four weeks, coming at the worst possible time as the Red Devils look to get their title campaign back on track.
Van Persie appeared on Wednesday night as United stumbled to a 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk although it appears that his substitute appearance is what caused the injury, with the player sustaining the strain when taking the corner that led to Phil Jones’ goal.
“Robin van Persie is out as well for a month,” Moyes told reporters. “He picked up a thigh strain in taking a corner kick which led to the goal.”
It will mean added pressure on Wayne Rooney for goals during the festive period, with the bookmakers having practically ruled out the champions from retaining their crown following back-to-back defeats against Everton and Newcastle United.
Moyes continues to have a baptism of fire at Old Trafford, revealing that he laid into his players for their poor passing during the first half of the Shakhtar game, even if the 1-0 win means that United go through as group winners.
Van Persie’s goals helped United clinch the title last season, with the Dutchman having scored sixteen goals in all competitions this term although he’s not enjoyed the same level of form that has seen him win the Premier League Golden Boot for the past couple of seasons.