If things weren’t bad enough already for Manchester United fans, they’ve just got a little worse with the news that star striker Robin van Persie has been ruled out for around one month with a thigh problem.
“It is unfortunate because if you look at our record with Wayne and Robin in team it is very good and we have not had them for a period,” said the United boss.
Fortunately for United they have the players to cope with the option of pushing Wayne Rooney into a sole striker role or using someone like Javier Hernandez in that position until the Dutchman can play frequently again.
United go into the game this weekend looking to avoid a third straight Premier League defeat in a row and trying to achieve their first win in the league since they defeated Arsenal 1-0 at Old Trafford.
Moyes will have to use rotation as much as possible over the rest of the month because the games come thick and fast with United facing five fixtures before the end of December and van Persie not due to return until next month.
The main reaction and criticism from United fans seems to be centred around the idea that Moyes rushed van Persie back into the side prematurely, increasing the chance of something like this developing.
#MUFC: I can see United dropping even more points without RVP. He was rushed back and now Moyes has to face the repercussions.— THEunofficialPundit (@kmgboas) December 13, 2013
So basically, Moyes brought RVP back from his thigh injury too soon, and now he's out for the busiest month of the PL? Good work, Dave...— Liam Feaviour (@Liam_Feaviour) December 13, 2013
However, Moyes, the fans and the rest of the side need to accept they are going to be temporarily missing their key striker and have to move on as the team look to revitalise their season.
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