Louis van Gaal has admitted that Robin van Persie looks set to miss two important Manchester United games in the next few weeks against Tottenham and Liverpool.
The Dutch international picked up an ankle injury during United’s game against Swansea in February, and has not featured since.
And van Gaal has now admitted that van Persie is still some way off returning to the United starting eleven.
“He is still with the medical department and needs to take the step to the technical department,” van Gaal told reporters.
“He is always training but the medical department is also sports science so he is training inside, not outside on the pitch.
“Even when he is on the pitch, he is with the medical department. He will then take the step to the technical department and then we have a process when he comes into our selection and trains.”
The Daily Express reports these quotes and claims van Persie will indeed miss the two games, the first against Tottenham tomorrow afternoon at Old Trafford and the second the following week against Liverpool at Anfield.
Both games are huge for United as they push to clinch Champions League qualification for next year’s competition - their main aim for this season.
Although van Persie is a big miss, it may not actually be troubling for van Gaal as the return of Rooney to the team’s attack has brought about an improvement.
Rooney, who scored again against Arsenal last week despite defeat, is likely to continue to lead the line against Spurs tomorrow. Manchester United fans had become frustrated with one of the club’s record goalscorers playing out of position in midfield.
What do you think Manchester United fans - should van Gaal stick with Rooney up front with Fellaini behind or does Falcao deserve a recall?