Robin van Persie targets Stoke return

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Manchester United manager David Moyes is hopeful Robin van Persie will be in contention for the Red Devils' match against Stoke City at the weekend.

Van Persie missed Manchester United's Group A Champions League clash against Real Sociedad due to a knock.

However the Dutchman is likely to return to action on Saturday when United take on former Old Trafford hero Mark Hughes' Stoke City.

Van Persie has scored five goals in nine games for United so far this season, with his latest goal coming in his sides disappointing home draw against Southampton.

When asked why the 30-year-old was not included in his 18-man squad, Moyes said: “Robin, I hope, will be fit for the weekend.

“He’s had a couple of niggling injuries even before they went on international duty and they have all just caught up on him a little bit.

"I felt if I could get the chance to give him a breather a little bit I would do. Fortunately for us it worked out fine.”

Manchester United outcast Javier Hernandez was handed a rare start in Van Persie's absence, as Moyes' side ran out 1-0 winners - thanks to an own goal by Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez after just two minutes.

The win ensured Manchester United stayed at the top of Group A.

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