Robin van Persie predicts dull FA Cup battle between Man Utd and Chelsea
Robin van Persie claims Manchester United will struggle to regain fitness for their encounter with Chelsea because of their tiring schedule. Manchester United are due to face Chelsea in the FA Cup quarterfinal replay after the first clash ended in a 2-2 draw.
Manchester United grabbed a 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday. With a 15-point lead on the Premier League table, Manchester United can solely concentrate on the FA Cup. However, Robin van Persie believes non-stop action will prevent Manchester United from being at its best against Chelsea on Monday.
Robin van Persie, who helped Manchester United score the winner through a deflected shot against Sunderland, played the entire game less than 48 hours before the trip to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea, who themselves are complaining about a hectic match schedule, lost 2-1 to Southampton this weekend.
“It is not ideal. Normally on the second day your muscles are quite bad, but now we have to play at this certain time,” Robin van Persie said. “It is a shame but we can't do anything about it because there are Champions League games in midweek and Chelsea are still in the Europa League. We just have to deal with it.
“People have to realize they can't expect a great game of football because it is not possible. If it happens I am glad - but don't expect it because these games are just too close to each other.”
Robin van Persie, who has scored 19 goals in the Premier League this season, hasn’t scored for Manchester United in the past eight games. Nonetheless, the 29-year-old Netherlands international believes he will be awarded for his efforts this season.
“Of course, no question about that,” Robin van Persie told Sky Sports. “I think you could see (I enjoyed it). It's been a while so it was good to score again, and it was an important goal. Today it was all about three points and we got them.
“We knew before that it was going to be tough; away at Sunderland is always going to be very hard. They work hard and play a game with lots of long balls, second balls and we had to dig in. We did that, everyone fought hard for a deserved win.
“This team, if you ask me, is just full of winners. Everyone knows what he has to do. I was never in doubt, even if it was still a small score at 1-0. I was always confident we would win this game because of players like Mike (Carrick), Vida (Nemanja Vidic), Chris (Smalling) has been playing really well, Alex (Buttner) just comes in and plays well... everyone knows what he has to do and we did it again.”