Robin van Persie, who it was revealed was only missing from Manchester United’s squad an hour or so before kick-off against Manchester City on Sunday, will not be in United’s squad that face Liverpool at Old Trafford on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.
The news will not be welcomed by Manchester United fans, who are hoping their team will bounce back from their 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City with victory against old foes Liverpool.
David Moyes has even suggested that Van Persie may struggle to be fit in time for Saturday’s encounter with West Brom.
The Scotsman remarked: “ I don’t think he will play on Wednesday. He will have an outside chance for Saturday.”
Moyes is widely expected to wring the changes for Wednesday’s game by cutting several members of the team who turned in such shambolic performances on Sunday.
As usual though, Moyes was giving nothing away when replying to a journalist who asked him if his team had the depth to change his starting line up significantly. Moyes answered: “it does if I want it to."
Maybe Van Persie’s injury will pave the way for Shinji Kagawa’s first start under Moyes, with Rooney assuming the lone-forward position and Kagawa pushing up into the number ten role.
It’s sure to be a feisty occasion, especially given the fact that Luis Suarez is added to the mix.
The controversial Uruguayan, who famously celebrated a goal by diving in front of Moyes when he was in charge of Everton, after the Scot had accused him of diving in an earlier fixture, is set to return for Liverpool after serving a ten match suspension for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
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