Manchester United manager David Moyes has urged his side to be more clinical in the final third and revealed that Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie injury blows.
Manchester United host Swansea City at the Old Trafford tonight as they look to get back to winning ways after suffering three defeats in a row in all competitions for the first time since 2001. The Red Devils have already been knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Swansea last week and are coming into this game on the back of a defeat against Sunderland in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final fixture. United’s biggest worry this season has been their awful home form. David Moyes’ men have lost four of their last six matches at home in all competitions at Old Trafford, a place which used to be a fortress in the past. Moyes will be desperate to turn things around against Swansea and insisted that his side has to be more clinical in the final third in order to win matches.
“A lot of the performances have been fine but things have gone against us, decisions have gone against us.
“They haven’t helped but I think we’ve played pretty well. We just need to be a bit more clinical in the final third and make things count more. All the things you look for in terms of stats have been pretty good but the only thing that matters is goals and we’ve not been scoring enough recently.” – The Manchester United manager told the press.
Moyes’ cause hasn’t been helped by the fact that his side has suffered a lot due to injuries and once again they will miss both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie ahead of this fixture. Rooney has been struggling with his groin injury and Moyes revealed that the England international has been sent away to be treated under hot weather. He also revealed that Robin van Persie is expected to be out for a long duration, although Rooney could possibly be back for their crucial clash against Chelsea next week.
“Well, with Wayne we’ve sent him away on a hot-weather break. His groin isn’t quite recovered yet so we’ve sent the fitness coach with him and he’s away with his family. It will give Wayne a bit of break.
“We always hoped to be able to do it at some time in the season and the groin is not as good as we’d hoped. Hopefully we can get him fit for [the] Chelsea [match] but we’ll see how he is. He’s away and will do some work with the fitness coach.
“Robin is going to be a little while. We’ll do everything we can to get him back quickly. Wayne has got an injury and we have to hope for that, but we’ll see how it goes. It’s probably the right time to give it a chance to heal. We thought the best thing was to get him to the warmer weather with one of the coaches and spend time with the family as well. Hopefully it will make him better.” – Moyes added.
Robin van Persie could possibly be out for around six weeks due to his recurring thigh injury which also affected him a lot during his Arsenal career.