David Moyes today confirmed that Robin van Persie is to play for Manchester United this weekend in an away tie against Fulham but it has led to widespread speculation that the Dutchman should not be risked against Fulham this weekend.
There is no doubting the impact of the 30-year-old Dutchman at Old Trafford given the fact that he scored 30 goals in his debut season at Manchester United and as such, becmae become an integral part of David Moyes’ line-up but there’s no way that Moyes should risk aggravating his injury right now.
The prospect of playing Van Persie from the start when he is struggling with toe and groin injuries ultimately makes a decision that he should avoided.
Before he moved to Old Trafford, Van Persie was a train wreck when it came to injuries that had ultimately kept him out of consistent competitive football for years at Arsenal but winning the Premier League has helped him focus on his football more than ever. At United, he has managed to stay on top of his injuries (touch wood.)
With Javier Hernandez waiting for his chance, this is the perfect opportunity for Hernandez to be given a starting spot ahead of Van Persie.
It is very likely that Van Persie will take no part in Holland’s friendlies next year as part of their World Cup qualification but it is beneficial to both club and country in terms of his recovery.
United could be rewarded with a fully vit Van Persie after the end of the international window to inject some life back in into the team.
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