When Robin van Persie returned from injury earlier in the season, it was to a chorus of cheers and whistles from fans but it soon became apparent the Dutchman wasn’t yet fully fit.
He was brought back into the team as Manchester United were in need of a goalscorer despite not being 100% fit and it backfired massively as Van Persie was ruled out for two months with a hamstring injury sustained in that game.
Going into the match against West Brom today, Moyes finds himself in a very similar with the Dutchman. Van Persie played 90 minutes midweek against France despite missing training on Tuesday due to being sick in bed and anybody who watched the match could see he wasn’t fully fit. His movement was lethargic and his energy was limited.
Moyes made the mistake of playing a not fully fit Van Persie against Newcastle and it backfired, he can’t make that same big mistake again today.
It’d be great to have Van Persie start but we have viable options in his absence. Danny Welbeck could replace him or Wayne Rooney could play up top with Shinji Kagawa in just behind him in the No. 10 role – both of which are great options.
There’s no need to take any risk with Van Persie. If United are to salvage any ounce of respect from this campaign, we need Van Persie to play as much of it as possible. If that means resting him against West Brom to ensure he will be fit for Liverpool and Manchester City, it’d be the correct thing for Moyes to do.