David Moyes has explained that Robin van Persie was never going to complete the game West Brom today and that the timing of his decision to take him off was made easy following a challenge that nearly saw him receive a second yellow card.
Van Persie got involved more often and dropped deeper like he did last season and a lung-bursting run that led to Foster’s handball outside the area was the sort of commitment he has been lacking in recent weeks.
The 30-year-old played the full 90 minutes in midweek for Holland against France where he looked unfit and lethargic but against West Brom today, he put in a much improved performance.
“I thought it was a foul but it did not warrant a yellow card,” Moyes told MUTV.
“I was always taking him off anyway because he played 90 minutes for Holland in midweek. I actually told him in the hotel that I’d try to get him off at the right time in the game so it made the decision easy. I couldn’t afford him to have another challenge and give the referee a decision to make.”
Moyes made the right decisions with Van Persie today.
He shouldn’t have started the Dutchman if he wasn’t 100% fit but he was sharp and energetic against West Brom today and the fact that Moyes took him off instead of leaving him on, like he did against Newcastle when he picked up his hamstring injury, showed he learned from his previous mistakes.