United fans may have had several reasons to worry after waking up and reading today’s news headlines.
Yesterday evening’s international matches took their toll on the Red Devils’ squad as both Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa were hit by injury.
This news is definitely a cause to worry, there’s no denying that. So far this season, RVP has been the clubs only consistent performer, having scored 4 goals in his first 3 games at Old Trafford.
It’s obvious that without Robin Van Persie at the club this season, we’d probably only have one point in the bag. The 29 year old sparked a revival against both Fulham and Southampton, in these two fixtures United were behind and lacking any creative edge.
Fortunately, his injury isn’t as serious as first feared. Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has played down concerns after the United striker was withdrawn during last night’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary with a suspected thigh strain.
Van Persie was taken off at half-time in the 4-1 win in Budapest after suffering a knock to his thigh. But Van Gaal has insisted the decision was simply a precaution.
“We took off Robin for precautionary measures,” Van Gaal said. “It doesn’t seem to be too serious, but you never know. We didn’t want to take any risks.”
Kagawa has also had a good start to his career at United. Similar to RVP, his injury appears to be pretty minor.
The Japanese midfielder was left out of his country’s 1-0 win as a precaution after suffering a problem with his lower back.
The United boss is already without Wayne Rooney who suffered a gash in his thigh against Fulham while Jonny Evans has yet to feature this season following ankle surgery.
Manchester United’s next opponents are Roberto Martinez’s Wigan Athletic, a team that on paper shouldn’t give the Red Devils too much concern, especially considering that the fixture is held on Old Trafford, United’s home ground.
But with van Persie and Kagawa having been two of the most influential players at the club in the early parts of the season, any spell on the sidelines for either player is sure to give United boss Sir Alex Ferguson reason for concern.