MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed that striker Robin van Persie has picked up an injury that forced him to miss today’s EPL derby clash with Manchester City.
Moyes said the Dutchman sustained a groin strain that kept him from featuring in today’s game.
The manager, however, added that it’s nothing serious and the forward should be back in action this week.
“He had a groin strain during the week,” the boss said. “I thought he might have been Ok today, but not quite.
“We gave it every chance up until this morning. It is nothing serious. He could have a chance for Wednesday [against Liverpool in the League Cup].”
Danny Welbeck has been named in the starting team to play with Wayne Rooney on the forward line, while Ashley Young returns to the starting team after starting on the bench in the midweek Champions League win.
Manchester City v Manchester United
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Navas, Aguero, Negredo.
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Garcia, Milner, Jovetic, Dzeko
Man Utd: De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Rooney, Smalling, Vidic, Carrick, Young, Welbeck, Valencia, Fellaini.
Subs: Amos, Evans, Hernandez, Nani, Cleverley, Kagawa, Buttner