Manchester United news

Robin van Persie to miss Liverpool tie

September 24, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Robin van Persie is set to miss Manchester United’s Capital One Cup tie against Liverpool on Wednesday.

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The Netherlands captain sat out United’s 4-1 derby defeat to Manchester City with a groin problem he had sustained in training.

And while manager David Moyes was initially optimistic his top scorer would recover in time to face Brendan Rodgers’ side, now he believes Van Persie is a doubt for Saturday’s clash against West Bromwich Albion.

“I don't think Robin van Persie will play on Wednesday, but he has an outside chance for Saturday,” he said.

Van Persie’s absence leaves Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez as the three main fit strikers available to Moyes.

And the Scot is debating whether to select youngsters such as Wilfried Zaha and Adnan Januzaj -- but admits United’s tough draw will make it harder for him to rotate his squad.

He added: “It's always been the way here to win. In many ways the Capital One Cup has been a route to give as many young players an opportunity as we can.

 “I think the draw sometimes in the Capital One Cup is the reason sometimes you can do that. Obviously this is a really big tie that has come out of the hat first.”

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