Manchester United latest: Including Van Persie injured and Villa preview

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Manchester United take on Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

United legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes the clash with Villa is ‘unpredictable’.

In team news, striker Robin van Persie has been ruled out for a month with a thigh injury suffered in the Red Devils’ 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

"He picked up a thigh strain in taking a corner kick which led to the goal," explained manager David Moyes.

"It is unfortunate because I think if you look at our record with Wayne Rooney and Robin in the team it is actually very good and we have not had them for quite a period recently."

David Moyes still believes United can win the title despite a disappointing start to the season.

"We see it as opportunity. There's a long way to go in league but we can only take one game at a time. Football is like that,” he said.

"Let’s see what happens come later in the season. Maybe we can talk about it then. At moment can’t talk about it because we are too far away but we want to get closer and we will do everything we possibly can to do that.”

“The gap is bigger than would like it to be. We'd like to be closer. We can only do one game at a time,” he added.

Meanwhile, United midfielder Tom Cleverley has admitted he has been ‘average’ this season.

"At the moment, I feel like I've got more to give," the England international told United Review.

"I've had a few average games, a few more than I would prefer. But I felt this time last year was when I hit my best form of the season, when we were playing every few days.”

In transfer news, Inter Milan are ‘targeting’ Javier Hernandez in January according to The Telegraph and the Italian giants may be open to using Fredy Guarin as a ‘bargaining tool’ to persuade David Moyes.

The Mirror reports that United could ‘prioritize’ the signing of Eliaquim Mangala of FC Porto in the New Year.

United have agreed to extend Ben Amos’ loan spell at Carlisle United until January 1st.

In other news, David Moyes has dismissed recent comments of Roy Keane about Sir Alex Ferguson who the boss described as ‘fantastic’, brushing off the former captain’s remarks that Ferguson is still trying to exert ‘control and power’ over the club.

"I can only tell you that in my time here Sir Alex has been fantastic towards me," said Moyes.

"He has been helpful. Anytime I need something I can go to him. He has been very very good."

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