Even if he was fit, it is unlikely that the Dutchman would have been included in van Gaal’s starting XI.
Wayne Rooney has been playing up front in van Persie’s absence and the team have looked much better as a result.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 10, 2015
It is a massive game this weekend and United cannot afford to have any passengers as they bid to strengthen their grip on the top four of the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Rooney will be raring to go in the match after City boss Manuel Pellegrini revealed key defender Vincent Kompany is a doubt for the game.
Van Persie will be needed in the final few games of the season so it is important that van Gaal doesn’t aggravate any lingering complaints by rushing him back into action early.