Browse Month: January 2014


David Moyes has confirmed that strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will once again be unavailable for selection, but this time for the key match against Chelsea.

Manchester United are in a position where they must win all of their remaining matches in order to even hope about winning the title. They face a huge task between them and creating this run since Chelsea will be the opponents to United on Sunday. They make the trip to Stamford Bridge knowing that a victory against one of the inform teams in the Premier league will not be easy.

Chelsea have gone on an imperious run of form since the 3-2 defeat against Stoke City. They are especially strong at home where they have dropped just two points all season. This is the second best home record in the division. Rooney and van Persie have by far been the best attacking talent United have had in recent years, and they have been over reliant on the two players under Moyes. This is due to the lack of quality in midfield, which has become apparent in recent weeks without the duo.

Moyes has confirmed that Rooney has come back to training, but he is just a little short of fitness to play in this encounter. Van Persie, meanwhile, has been out with a muscular injury for several weeks.

“Wayne’s come back fresh but not ready for Chelsea. He’s doing some running and looking good. He’s had a break, done some strengthening work on his groin. Hopefully he’ll benefit, but not for this game. I’m hoping Robin’s got a good chance of training at the start of next week. If i could get him back on the grass it would be a great boost for us – he’s a really important player and one we’ve missed,” said Moyes.