Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Manchester United striker Robin van Persie won’t be featuring during tomorrow's home clash with Aston Villa, despite earlier reports suggesting he had completed his comeback from injury.
The Dutch international has been missing from the fold since succumbing to a complaint during the 2-1 home loss to Swansea City midway through February, but it appears he won’t be making a return against Tim Sherwood’s Villa.
Change of plans
Suggestions earlier this week were that he would be on the bench for the tie, with Van Gaal set to keep faith with Marouane Fellaini instead.
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Although the 63-year-old did confirm during his pre-match press conference that he couldn’t drop Fellaini, he also made it clear that fans wouldn’t be seeing Van Persie in action.
Van Gaal confirmation
"Robin van Persie is still injured," said Van Gaal.
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"We have a process. He has to go to the final football coach before he comes into my group and he is not there yet.
"He is still not in my group."
Source of frustration
That will mean that it will likely be Wayne Rooney and Fellaini who are charged with leading the line for the Red Devils, with Radamel Falcao, who bagged three goals in two goals whilst on international duty with Colombia, in reserve should plan A not work.
It’s guaranteed to be a source of frustration for Van Persie given how he’s fared this term, and unless he can force his way back into Van Gaal’s plans his future at the club could well be under threat. Falcao may not have impressed this season either but the likes of Rooney, Fellaini and the young James Wilson have.
If United decide to dip into the transfer market for a new striker then Van Persie might become a redundant entity. That’s an extreme prediction given that he led the Red Devils to the Premier League title just two seasons ago but with each passing week it looks more plausible.
United fans, who would you like to see leading the line tomorrow? What do you predict for RVP this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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