Robin Van Persie has been ruled out for 4 to 6 weeks after suffering a knock in the second leg of the Champions League tie against Olympiakos on Wednesday.
This injury will come as a huge blow to David Moyes who is now attempting to salvage some pride for Manchester United after a series of disappointments as the United manager. Robin Van Persie seemed to be back to his best on Wednesday after he scored a crucial hattrick to take Manchester United to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. However he suffered a knock towards the dying minutes of the match and had to be stretchered off the pitch.
Speaking earlier in the press conference, David Moyes did not reveal the extent of his striker’s injury and was probably in for a rude shock himself after the medical team deemed him unfit for 4 to 6 weeks.
“We’re getting him rescanned again today. We’re not conclusive in everything we’ve seen yet so we want to check that out and be sure.”
“He won’t be available for tomorrow’s game, but we’ll try to give some update as soon as we can on the outcome of it.”
Initial reports suggested that the striker will only miss the tie against West Ham on Sunday and will be fit for the Manchester derby next week. The Old Trafford was earlier afraid that Van Persie might miss the match against Manchester City but it has turned out that the striker’s injury has been far worse than expected.
The club has now revealed that the Dutch international will miss 4 to 6 weeks of football after having sprained his knee. This means that Robin Van Persie will miss both the Champions League ties against Bayern Munich leaving the United side severely handicapped.
Manchester United have struggled severely this season and everything that could possible go wrong did actually go wrong for David Moyes. He admitted that things reached to such an extent that he was ‘ashamed’ of the Manchester United he was managing.
“In some of the other games I’ve felt ashamed because the team haven’t played well enough and I haven’t got a team out that has got a good enough result.”
The manager has a huge task in his hands now as he prepares for some crucial fixtures without his main striker at his disposal. Though the win against Olympiakos did lift the spirit at Old Trafford, this news come as a huge blow as United were hoping for a late resurrection following their 3-0 victory. It will be interesting to see how David Moyes manages the squad now. He does have the option of playing Chicharito or Welbeck up front but it will probably be better if Rooney is promoted to lead the attack and Juan Mata is given a more central role behind the striker.
However may United line-up, one thing is for sure that United have to be more consistent in their performances if they are to end the season respectably. David Moyes seemed well aware of their inconsistency as United failed to string together consecutive victories this season.
“Our form hasn’t been consistent enough or our performances haven’t been consistent enough. We’ve shown some top performances and then some really low performances.”
“We’ve got to get better at that but it’s going to take time, we’re not going to be able to do everything immediately and because of the period we’re in that’s happening a little bit.”
“A good one and then a bad one at times and my job over the years ahead is to make sure we get rid of that.”
As things heat up with the season heading for a climactic finish, it seems that the football gods are not willing to show David Moyes any mercy this season. The ‘Chosen one’ has been landed yet another blow and it remains to be seen if he is still standing after this one.