Robin van Persie has been ruled out for a month due a thigh strain he picked up during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old came on as a substitute and it was his corner that led to Phil Jones‘ goal but United will now be without Van Persie for the entire festive period.
David Moyes’ decision to rush Van Persie back to fitness in the midst of a run of poor form left him open to aggravate his injuries and so it has proved. It was a risk taken by Moyes that backfired and it was the corner he took against Shakhtar that caused the injury.
“Robin van Persie has picked up a thigh strain and will be out for a month,” he told reporters this afternoon.
“He took the corner we scored the goal from vs Shakhtar Donetsk and felt his thigh.”
Last season, Van Persie didn’t miss much game time at all because of a well worked out fitness regime that didn’t overexert him but there is clearly an underlying issue here with Moyes’ methods.
For me, Moyes has to take the blame with this injury to Van Persie as there was always a chance that rushing him back to fitness could lead to something more long term. Just like Sir Alex Ferguson did with Nemanja Vidic last year, the temptation to rush him back into action was too great.
United have struggled to be clinical in Van Persie’s absence and will now have to go through a hectic festive schedule without the man who spearheaded us to the title last year.
Of course, the silver lining is that Shinji Kagawa is likely to start even more games as the No. 10 and Javier Hernandez will get more opportunities with to play.