Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that he does not expect striker Robin van Persie to be fit for the match against Manchester City this weekend.
The Dutchman has missed the last five matches due to an ankle injury. United have not missed their talisman striker during this period, as Wayne Rooney has been scoring a lot of goals since been reinstated as the striker. Even if van Persie is available for selection against City, it is looking highly unlikely that Van Gaal may change the personnel or formation given the way the team has been playing in the last two months.
United remain in with a shout for the Premier League title after managing a 3-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend. This kept them in touch with Chelsea and Arsenal while it also helped them leapfrog Manchester City into the third place after Manuel Pellegrini’s men lost against Crystal Palace. It is widely speculated that this may be van Persie’s final season at United, as the 31-year-old is believed to be looking at pastures new. Even though he holds a special relationship with Van Gaal, his inability to find the net on a regular basis in the last two seasons is believed to be the reason.
“I don’t think so. The process has to give me signals he is ready for that but I know that from my experience it is not like that.Of course. I cannot deny that because we have Manchester City at home.We have the strongest record at home at home so it’s possible, but Manchester City is a top team so it shall not be easy,” said Van Gaal about the possibility of van Persie facing their biggest rivals and also the strength in depth of Manchester City going into the match.