Monday 12 January 2015


Louis van Gaal has confirmed Dutch striker Robin Van Persie was substituted during United's 1-0 defeat to Southampton because he picked up an injury.

With the game delicately poised at 0-0 at the time, replacing our star striker at such a crucial stage seemed strange but the boss has since confirmed that it was an enforced change.
Van Persie was replaced by Ander Herrera on the hour mark during Sunday's disappointing home reverse and headed straight for the tunnel in obvious discomfort.

At the end of his post-match press conference, van Gaal told reporters that van Persie had an ankle injury that would be assessed further on Monday.

Luke Shaw and Angel Di Maria also exited the action midway through the second half prompting fears they both may have aggravated previous injuries, but van Gaal was quick to provide a positive update on both players.

Shaw was not injured but he needs match rhythm” he explained
“Also Di Maria was not injured but he needs match rhythm as well I think, that is why I had to change my team.
“Of course we have players who are coming back but then we also need match rhythm.
“It is not so simple to play in the Premier League so I had to adapt to the circumstances.”

Van Persie will not attend tonight's FIFA Ballon D'Or ceremony because of the injury. 

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