Moyes reveals RVP decides when he is fit to play for Man Utd
Manchester United manager David Moyes claims Robin van Persie has the power to decide whether he is physically capable of playing. The Dutch striker, who marked his return with a goal against Cardiff City, had been out of action for two months with a thigh injury.
The Netherlands international has played in only 18 games so far this season. Van Persie’s absence from the Manchester United squad has contributed massively towards the fall of the Premier League champions. Manchester United are currently positioned seventh on the Premier League table and after a 2-1 defeat to Stoke City their chances of acquire a Champions League berth look very thin.
Van Persie, who has also been suffering from a groin injury, has returned to Manchester United’s first-team in goal-scoring fashion. Moyes has clearly been missing the striker up front, but this clearly suggests the fragility of the Scotman’s tactics and his inability to revolve the squad properly.
“I have taken Robin's advice where he feels he is at,” Moyes told the Telegraph on Van Persie’s return to action. “I ask him if he is ready to play and how long does he feel he is able to play. All the things I am doing, I am taking from Robin. He is a player who is so important to us that I need to know exactly where he is at. Even the day he pulled his thigh against Newcastle [in December] we had said, 'Are you better coming off the bench?'
Moyes admits that Van Persie played a big role in Manchester United’s impressive form against Cardiff City. The Scotsman believes the 30-year-old striker is someone who can make a difference and is always hungry for more.
“We have missed that element where, when you are not quite at your best, somebody gets you the goal. We have not had that for three months now and it has been quite tough,” Moyes added.
Manchester United’s performance has also improved because of the arrival of Juan Mata. Moyes broke the transfer fee record with a 37.1 million offer to Chelsea for the Spain international during the January transfer window. The Spaniard has already provided two assists in two games for Manchester United.
Manchester United’s 27.5 million signing from Everton, Marouane Fellaini is also at the cusp of a return. The Belgian midfielder has been dogged by injuries since arriving at Old Trafford. Fellaini is now in training and expected to be on the field more often.