Manchester United's performance against Everton on Wednesday was frustrating to put it perfectly.
The United faithful will say that luck wasn't on our side, since the team did come close to scoring a handful of times. It had a lot more to do than luck, though. United have a number of issues that could see them miss out on Champions League qualification for next year.
One of the most worrying issues is not entirely David Moyes' fault. The Scot does not have a quality midfielder who can orchestrate attacks and stabilise the United team. If Sir Alex Ferguson signed the likes of Luka Modric or Kevin Strootman before he left, it would have done wonders for Moyes' tenure.
Another bugging issue is that of Robin Van Persie, who hasn't featured of late due to a groin injury.
Van Persie was expected to make the bench on Wednesday but now it is doubtful whether the prolific scorer will return against Newcastle this weekend.
Last season, Van Persie spearheaded a mediocre United team across the line with his world-class performances. Moyes will need to keep the Dutchman fit, if he wishes to mount any hope of achieving Champions League qualification this season.
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