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Van Persie out for a month

Robin Van Persie has been ruled out of action for a month.

A thigh injury will prevent him playing for United until 2014.

“Robin van Persie is out as well for a month,” Moyes told reporters. “He picked up a thigh strain in taking a corner kick which led to the goal.”

With United desperate to improve our place in the table, an injury to the league top scorer for the past two seasons really is the last thing we need.

There have been rumours that Van Persie is unhappy with David Moyes’ training methods. In the summer, the new manager was criticised by some for acknowledging that he had been “overtraining” the Dutch striker.

Having got through last season practically injury-free, questions will be asked of Moyes and any possible impact he’s having on Van Persie’s fitness.

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  1. Tommy says:

    Could be a blessing in disguise this injury, people have been very vocal especially @John that it should be RVP or Rooney upfront in a 4 2 3 1 formation, well now is the chance I expect Kagas behind Rooney on sunday!

  2. lecho says:

    @NBI Red 21
    “I was hoping Moyes would:

    - Play players in their proper positions
    - Develop defensive organisation and a good shape
    - Give younger players a chance and bring them on development wise
    - Strengthen MF by buying actual quality MF players
    - Play good attacking football”

    Funny but these are exacty the things SAF WASN’T doing since selling Ronaldo. He was he one which constantly played players out of their position, mixed the defence, lost Pogba because he preferred to stick to 40yo Giggs and bring back Scholes out of retirement, failed to offload the cash from Ronaldo to strenghten MF and also You can say many things about our football but since 2008 it certainly wasn’t good attacking football ale the time. We played many awful games, did You already forgotten how we failed to qualify from UCL group or the way we lost title to City?

    The thing we now call “crisis” didnt started the day Moyes became United manager, so did not our MF and attacking football problems.

  3. edcunited1878 says:

    There’s having a clue at Everton and those players, then there’s having a solution at Manchester United. Having a clue at Everton is fine, but not having a solution at Manchester United is not.

    I believe Moyes has his solutions, but he’s not assertive at the moment and he must change that within three years or else the only change sooner rather than later is the manager of Manchester United.

  4. NBI Red 21 says:

    @ United Faithful – mate he was at Everton! They were crap when he got there, he like Redknap and Big Sam can make crap teams mid table given time. The owner was just happy with a a manager who won nothing but kept him in the EPL bringing a bit of cash in and was not too demanding. Everton was a slightly more sophisticated Stoke.

    Moyes was on one year rolling contracts for years in hope someone would offer him a bigger job. No one did. Martinez was offered Liverpool job and turned it down. City, Chelsea, Spurs, all overlooked Moyes. Moyes stayed at Everton for 11 years not because he was a top manager but because he failed to show enough to get any top offers until SAF gave the job to his friend.

  5. UnitedFaithful says:


    He doesn’t always make the proper choice of words that’s for sure.Has to grow into his role,a lot of players and even managers have done that,why not him.Criticizing him or calling for his head after just 20 odd games won’t accomplish anything mate.As fans it’s our job to support him and the team.

  6. NBI Red 21 says:

    Also like Rene told him, Manchester United is like going from a regular car (Everton) to a Ferrari, the past coaching staff have since said Moyes did not seem t o understand how steep the change was. It’s like a good GP becoming a brain surgeon.

  7. NBI Red 21 says:

    @ United Faithful – I am 100% supportive of the team. Will back Moyes till end of season. Opinion so far, he is doing much worse than I thought he would on all aspects of the job. The fact he has been told he has time may be a factor in his lack of ambition in the market. But this is not Everton.

  8. Tommy says:


    Thats stupid saying he gave the job to his friend, Hes not even that great mates with Moyes but he has admired his work for years, In fact I believe Maureen is better mates with Fergie than Moyes is, not to mention Harry and Big Sam but hes respected Moyes for 15 years, he wanted him as assistant before McClaren got the job, why would Fergie want someone eho apprently plays this dull football as his assistant, Liverpool were never gonna appoint the manager of Everton as manager, spurs are on a par with Everton for size of clubs so its not a step up and Chelsea/City go for names over anything else they will never employ a british manager in a million years

  9. UnitedFaithful says:


    He took a very poor team on paper and kept them competitive year after year,not too shabby if you ask me.Many high profile Managers have failed in top clubs so the notion that we need proven a Manager to succeed is incorrect.

  10. UnitedFaithful says:

    Look at pep,managed barca reserves got his break in the first team,Heynkes at Bayern was a failure at Madrid,Klopp at dortmunt failed at Mainz,everyone has to start at some point,

  11. NBI Red 21 says:

    @ lecho – SAF actually played people other than Jones and occasionally Giggs in their proper positions or in positions that strengthened the team and he never changed defenders unless there were injuries. Also SAF usually got formation and tactics right. The level of chopping and changing was far less than Moyes who has played a different team almost every match. Twice the goals we conceded were directly as a result of him subbing defenders for no reason.

    If you look at comments here when Moyes was appointed, one of the things people thought he would do was get proper MF players and play them in that position, Instead we still have Jones and Giggs drafted in there. Everyone could see that was an issue and he still playing people in MF out of position as he does not trust Fellani, Ando or Cleverly.

  12. Tommy says:


    Last season alone SAF made 6 or 7 changes for EVERY match, He was known to chop and change every game for years, a lot less than Moyes does!

  13. NBI Red 21 says:

    @ United Faithful – doing things at one midtable Club for a while is not enough – we have seen Martin O’Neil, Mark Hughes and other managers talked about as potential United managers failed when they took a step up or changed Clubs. Also keeping Everton midtable and winning nothing should not be a good enough qualification for a United manager. Everton were a defensive team to watch. They gave a game but the squad was thin and made up of experienced players developed technically elsewhere.

  14. UnitedFaithful says:


    Calling the manager spineless is not support in my books mate.He has made some bad calls fair enough,who hasn’t?

  15. NBI Red 21 says:

    @ Tommy – when did SAF sub defenders mid game unless injury? Moyes has done so quite often. We have drawn and lost a game as a result.

    I am not denying SAF changed things, it usually worked when he did it. SAF also changed formation and tactics, something Moyes seems incapable of doing. SAF was struggling with the MF problem at times, but he handled it . This was always our glaring weakness and Moyes had an easy win to fix it and player proper MF in there.

    We can go on forever comparing them, but end result, SAF was a winner who made you love football and players played with freedom and looked to enjoy their football. Anyway, I have vented my unhappiness at where are, so to avoid being a bore on the subject I will leave Moyes alone now to hopefully prove me wrong.

  16. NBI Red 21 says:

    @ United Faithful – final comment on this as got to run – I called him spineless for what he said, that he played RVP because he was a afraid of what other people would have said if he didn’t. That infuriated me. How can a United manager have so little fight? I mean what the hell? Lower team managers have more fighting talk than this wet nonsense Moyes is spewing out. Show some balls man!

  17. Tommy says:


    Is putting Valencia as a wingback not an attacking substiture? It worked against Stoke, backfired against Everton, but he risked losing it to try and win it! Hes put an extra defender on last couple of mins at 1 0 up but Fergies done that for years. Buttner had cramp the other night so had to come off and with no left back on bench he had to move Rafa to left back

  18. UnitedFaithful says:


    He should have based his decision not on what people would think of him but what was best for the team.It’s a silly comment.I won’t take it any further

    Anyway Good Night mate

  19. UnitedFaithful says:

    I am hearing Evra is injured for tomorrow,anyone got a link?

  20. UnitedFaithful says:

    Ah screw it.Will be screaming louder than ever for the lads.

    Take me home, United road,
    To a place that I belong,
    To Old Trafford, to see United,
    Take me home, United road…

  21. UnitedFaithful says:

    We’ll never die, we’ll never die,
    We’ll never die, we’ll never die,
    We’ll keep the Red flag flying high,
    Cos Man United will never die..

  22. NBI Red 21 says:

    @ United Faithful – Quick pint done! Nice signing mate, now that’s the spirit!!!

    Heard that too about Evra with Buttner instead of Fabio filling in! Fabio has either slept with Moyes daughter, or, more likely is being kept injury free to be used as a make weight in our Jan bid for Baines. If I was Martinez given his other LB’s form I would bite Moyes hand off and take player plus cash.

    I do expect us to win tomorrow. Villa are in shit form right now – OK they 2 places below us at 11 but they are not looking good. Nothing like Everton and Newcastle, obviously they will be up for it and lets hope Benteke does not decide this is the game he needs to wake up in.

    If Villa win they will tie us on points and that is more than enough incentive. I would put 5 in MF and go hell for leather at the end if needed, but I think we will play 442.

    Please santa let us win this game!

    If Januzaj says he wants to stay for life, Woodward should stick a 20 year contract in front of him to sign. That’s right baby! Walk the talk!

  23. NBI Red 21 says:

    Why do these posts show on CET as opposed to GMT?

  24. NBI Red 21 says:

    Moyes on Villa game: ““We see it as an opportunity. We have got a long way to go and we have to try to make sure we only take one game at a time,” said Moyes. “Football is like that anyway, we can only take it one game at a time and see what happens later in the season. I can’t talk about it now, we’re too far away from it but we’ll do everything possible to get closer [to the top].”

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    For God’s sake, why do we have to “try” to take one game at a time, there is no other way to take them and this statement will just confuse Rooney. I assume he means lets kill Villa and then burn Stoke at the stake!

    100% we will score from open play against Villa. We need a response. 5-0 to United.

  25. NBI Red 21 says:

    My team for Villa – noting Vida, Smalling, Evra, RVP, Fellani, Carrick are/ may be injured:

    Rafael, Jones, Evans, Buttner
    Valencia, Cleverly, Kagawa, Anderson, Nani

    Bench: Hernandez, Januzaj, Zaha, Fabio, Welbeck

    We need to pass well, keep possession and step up.

  26. John says:

    Wow, NBI is back in form! LoL

  27. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    @NBI Januzaj for Nani/Kagawa. Fabio for Buttner.

  28. John says: [Here we go! January transfer rumours!?! Managla not Koke! Gaurin in! RVP out!?! Just rumours?]

  29. Marko Maric says:

    If we have to pray God and sacrify animals to get points, then we are really shit. I dont understand one thing. Martinez also got new team, club, stuf…and he is doing well, Moyes don t. I don t wanna moan, but when i see us loseing, clubs not fearing us, my heart is ripping apart. Can t stand that.

  30. Mark Reid says:

    Ok enough already let’s go boys girls fellas fuckers and cunts Cos it Man United Man United it is we are the greatest football team the world has ever seen We love United we do it’s more than football it’s only football.


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