Speaking on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday, Chelsea boss Mourinho said that United fans shouldn’t take the image of van Persie on crutches too seriously until any other information or prognosis comes out.
Van Persie went down holding his ankle late in the game and despite it appearing not too serious at the time, the striker was seen with a brace on his ankle as well as the use of crutches when leaving the stadium.
Mourinho said: “Maybe in this moment we have this image [of Van Persie on crutches] and it’s just a precaution, because many times now medical departments attack the situation immediately in the stadium.
“Probably this is just a protection to try to attack the injury immediately. I hope it’s like that, I don’t like [seeing] injuries to players.”
Louis van Gaal didn’t comment on van Persie’s injury post-match but given the images that circulated soon after the match, supporters will assume the Dutchman faces another spell on the sidelines and won’t be available for next weekend’s match against Sunderland.
On the plus side, it should mean more opportunities for captain Wayne Rooney to play up front and see Radamel Falcao come in to the starting line-up with a point to prove.