The Dutch star has been ruled out for around a month and his absence opens the door for David Moyes to toy with other attacking combinations"There is no club in Europe that wouldn't want [Robin] Van Persie at centre-forward and he is a massive miss," David Moyes said on Monday.
That might very well be the truth about the Dutch star, who was confirmed to be out for "four to six weeks" after sustaining an injury during Manchester United's 3-0 win over Olympiakos last week. The 30-year-old scored a hat-trick to send the Red Devils through to the last eight of the Champions League, before coming off with a knee injury.
But in his absence, the combination of Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa put in a good showing during their 2-0 win over West Ham United on the weekend. Rooney was able to play as the most forward striker, while Mata looked like he enjoyed his role behind him instead of being on the flanks.
As such, the majority of Goal Singapore readers believe the Van Persie's injury will not hit Manchester United too hard, with 55.7% indicating that it opens the doors for Moyes to experiment with the clubs' other options in attack. For example, Kagawa could be deployed in the number 10 role in the Champions League, with Mata ineligible, instead of starting on the left as usual. The like of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez could come in as well, along with Nani, with an extra spot on the flanks being freed up.
Moyes will certainly need whoever he deploys to be at their best, with the Manchester derby coming up on Wednesday morning, Singapore time, at 3.45a.m.