Louis van Gaal doesn’t expect Robin van Persie to be fit for Manchester derby

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal doesn’t expect Robin van Persie to be fit in time for the Manchester derby next weekend.

The Dutchman has been sidelined since Manchester United’s game against Swansea in February and it looks like he is still set for at least another couple of weeks on the injury table.

When asked by reporters if he thought van Persie would be back in time for the derby, he said: “I don’t think so.”

“The process has to give me signals he is ready for that but I know that from my experience it is not like that.”

This year van Persie is looking far more like the injury plagued striker we all know from his time at Arsenal and it all stems from his participation at the World Cup under Louis van Gaal.

Van Persie was superb in Netherlands’ first few games in Brazil but fatigued quickly and was exhausted by the end of it. Not even an extended break was enough for the 31-year-old to regain his match sharpness.

Now, with less than a quarter of the season remaining, van Persie is injured and if he isn’t back for the derby then it would be a major risk for van Gaal to play him in his first game back from injury away to Chelsea, meaning there’d only be five games left in the season.

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