Manchester United’s Robin van Persie could miss three weeks through injury – report

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United could be without Robin van Persie for up to three weeks after the Dutchman injured his ankle against Swansea City last weekend.

Early reports suggest van Persie could miss important games against Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, although swelling around the ankle has delayed a more accurate analysis.

Van Persie was largely anonymous against the Swans and some fans suggested that the injury could be a blessing in disguise for United.

The news will come as a blow to Louis van Gaal however, particularly given the indifferent form of his other strikers.

Radamel Falcao was benched against Swansea, Wayne Rooney struggled at the Liberty stadium despite being moved back up front, while James Wilson recently suffered an injury setback playing for the U21s.

United have had to turn elsewhere in their search for goals with Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind producing important strikes against Burnley, Yeovil Town and West Ham United respectively.

With such a tough run of games coming up, United need to improve their goalscoring threat because if current performances are anything to go by, van Gaal’s side are going to struggle to score.

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