Ex United skipper identifies the two players who can rescue season

Manchester United are suffering… as would Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool & Manchester City if they were in same situation.

Manchester United are under-performing because they have been without their best players at crucial parts of the season, says former captain Lou Macari, a midfield mainstay for over a decade in the pre-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

While Wayne Rooney has only been absent for three Premier League matches out of the 20 competed in thus far this term, Robin van Persie has featured in just 50.5% of the club's run in the current campaign.

Macari, 64, who won the former Second Division title as well as an FA Cup with United, informed the Daily Express: 'David Moyes hasn’t got those players to turn a game for him and United are suffering.

'Look at the difference, for instance, Rooney made at Hull. United were 2-0 down after 12 minutes but he supplied the free-kick for Chris Smalling to score the first goal, equalised himself and then played a part in the winner by pressurising the defender to head into his own net.'

The difference in effectiveness of United's attacking play when they can call upon both Rooney and van Persie is telling, argues Macari, who ponders how Liverpool would fare without Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard, or Manchester City without Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure, or Chelsea without Eden Hazard and Oscar, or Arsenal without Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

'If United can get Rooney and Van Persie back together it will turn their season round. I don’t care what team it is – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City or Liverpool – if you don’t have your two best players, performances will suffer.'

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Barring complications, both Rooney and van Persie are set to return from respective groin and leg muscular injuries in the coming days.

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