Robin van Persie sat out of the 4-1 loss to Manchester City today with a groin injury. David Moyes has confirmed that the Dutch striker is not expected to be sidelined for a long period of time. The manager announced that a decision was left until the last possible minute, which gave van Persie every chance to make the fixture today. He is however expected to make his return to the squad for the Capital One Cup match against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Wednesday, or the Barclays Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

Moyes confirmed:

“We thought Robin would be okay. We gave him every chance. It’s nothing serious. He could be involved on Wednesday [against Liverpool] or next weekend [against West Brom].”

After the 4-1 loss, Moyes spoke to the media about Robin van Persie’s injury, saying:

“I don’t think it’s that bad, we thought he was going to make it. He just felt something in his groin.

“He did a bit of training in the last couple of days, but he just felt it when he did any sharp movements and he didn’t want to aggravate it, so we took the decision [to not play him today].”

Robin van Persie’s absence from the match today was noticed, especially with Danny Welbeck leading the line, which was frustrating to watch, considering Javier Hernandez was left on the bench. The lack of creativity was missed also, Nani and Kagawa could have added something to the match, but they were not given the chance, with Moyes sticking with ten of the eleven players that started the match, with Tom Cleverley the only substitute. Perhaps the match against Liverpool will allow the side to earn their respect once again, a loss will have many more unanswered questions, which will need to be asked.

By Paul Bienkowski

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