Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that star striker Robin van Persie will be fit and ready for the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Swansea City this weekend.
The Dutchman was missing from last night’s FA Cup action during the victory over Preston North End, with Radamel Falcao occupying the forward role instead. However post-match at Deepdale a satisfied Van Gaal told reporters, according to United’s official website, that Van Persie would be back in contention for a starting spot come Saturday.
Van Gaal confirmation
"Yes, he [van Persie] shall be fit," the United boss said.
"Yes, he [van Persie] shall be fit"
United played against Swansea in Van Gaal’s first Premier League fixture of his Old Trafford career, a game that saw the Welsh side also inflict Van Gaal’s first defeat. Yet Van Persie scored two goals at the Liberty Stadium during David Moyes’ reign last year, and so he’ll likely be eyeing a return to the fold which is helped by him finding the back of the net.
United certainly need it, with Falcao’s drab display against Preston summing up the frustrations directed at the Red Devils’ attacking line.
It took a dubious Ander Herrera goal - during which Wayne Rooney was stood in an offside position - another Marouane Fellaini strike courtesy of a cross into the box and a penalty which came as a result of a Rooney dive to best Preston, and questions are more frequently being asked over the potency of the forwards at Van Gaal’s disposal.
It’s such uncertainty that is all but sure to see the 63-year-old side with Van Persie come the weekend, although the Holland international has hardly been at his scintillating best so far this term. 10 Premier League goals is a decent enough return for a striker, but given that the man in question is capable of netting upwards of 25 a season, more is expected.
Van Persie v Swansea
If he does start against Swansea then it makes sense to assume he’ll be presented with an ideal opportunity to improve on his tally for this campaign, with Gary Monk’s side currently in a poor vein of form that has seen them win just once in six matches. The Swans lost last time out to West Brom, and though they bested Southampton at the beginning of this month, home supporters will approach their next fixture with caution.
Manchester United fans, can Robin van Persie get the goals needed to sink Swansea City? Or should Van Gaal stay faithful to Falcao? Let us know in the comments box below...