Louis van Gaal is not going to play Robin van Persie at the start of the season and is unsure when the striker is going to be ready to play for Manchester United.
Van Persie was given an extended break by Van Gaal after the World Cup left him exhausted and with a long history of injury problems, Van Gaal is going to take as much precaution as possible to avoid aggravating any injury.
“Robin wants to play every game, I know that, but so do the other 30 players in the squad,” Van Gaal said.
“But players have to train and Robin needs a full training regime behind him before he can play again.
“Robin will begin training on Monday, but he won’t play in the friendly against Valencia on August 12, definitely not.
“And he won’t play in the Premier League at the start either, I think. People can criticise me for that decision but I know what you have to do with players who have had three weeks’ holiday.
“Hopefully, Robin will get his fitness back very fast. But at this moment, he won’t be playing.”
Van Gaal’s completely right to give Van Persie as long as he possibly needs to make sure he is 100% fit before playing.
United ease into their Premier League season this year with a kind opening set of fixtures so there is no need to rush Van Persie back until he is ready. That is something David Moyes and his staff failed to do last year and Van Persie got injured because of it.
United will miss not having Van Persie ready for selection but with the current squad playing such good football already, we should be able to cope without him for at least a few weeks to make sure his rehabilitation can be finished in full.