The REAL reason behind Moyes' desire to start RvP against Everton

Not only is the Manchester United man an elite-level performer in the Premier League but, according to past form, he does even better against Everton

Robin van Persie has been absent from the Manchester United line-up since his crucial goal against his former employer's in the 1-0 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford, however, he may well feature against Everton in the pair's encounter later this evening, Wednesday, December 4 and manager David Moyes will be hoping the Dutchman starts.

When addressing a press conference yesterday, Moyes told journalists that: 'Robin is okay, he has a chance of playing.'

The technically-exquisite hitman had been sidelined with separate toe and groin injuries and, even though Wayne Rooney has performed tremendously without his strike partner, Moyes will be elated that he can welcome two of his best performers back to the field, particularly when he is facing a club he used to manage for over a decade for the first time since he switched allegiances.

However, could the real reason behind his motivation to start van Persie be down to the striker's individual history against Everton?

In 822 Premier League minutes this season, van Persie has registered seven goals and two assists, a combined tally that means he is responsible for a goal once every 91 minutes.

That efficiency strike rate is considerably better when studying his starts against Everton exclusively as, in his last ten starts versus the Toffees, van Persie has scored six and assisted five, an efficiency rate of 81 minutes!

United are unbeaten in their last 12 matches in all competitions.

Concluded Moyes: 'the job is to keep it going, keep winning and keep on a good run of form.'

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