Manchester’s United 1 Month Without Robin van Persie

Manchester’s United Robin van Persie has been ruled out for a month with a thigh injury, according to the manager, David Moyes.

Van Persie suffered the injury taking a corner during the 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday. “Robin has picked up a thigh strain and will be out for a month. He took the corner we scored the goal from against Shakhtar and felt his thigh,” Moyes said.

The Dutchman’s absence represents a blow to the champions as Moyes tries to turn around the dismal league form that has seen them lose the last two games and has left United 13 points behind Arsenal and seven off a Champions League place.

Moyes added: “It is unfortunate because I think if you look at our record with Wayne Rooney and Robin in the team it is actually very good and we have not had them for quite a period recently.

“Marouane Fellaini has a bit of a back injury. Michael Carrick is missing and Robin is going to miss four weeks with a thigh strain. That is a big blow to us.”

With Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Chris Smalling also sidelined for the Shakhtar game, and his side suffering back-to-back Premier League defeats against Everton and Newcastle, it must feel as though Moyes is having no luck at present.

However, he said: “I have no doubt it will get better. I am sure we have plenty of players who can cover it and we don’t miss them too much.”

In midfield his squad has been left bereft by the absence of Michael Carrick, who has been sidelined for a month with an Achilles injury. As Moyes had already identified central midfield as a problem area when he took over last July, it has merely exacerbated a situation that will become priority number one during next month’s transfer window.

“I do (feel United have felt Carrick’s loss),” said Moyes “We need him for his creativity. We have missed him for lots of other reasons as well. It is important. We were looking for a couple of midfield players in the summer. We weren’t able to get two. We got one.

“We needed one who could give us something else if we did get an injury to Michael or one who could have played with him. We have definitely been a little bit short in that area. Hopefully he is not too far away and he will be back in a couple of weeks.

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