Van Persie could return for United against Everton

Tue Dec 3, 2013 10:29am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Robin van Persie could return from injury for Manchester United's Premier League game with Everton on Wednesday, manager David Moyes said on Tuesday.

The Dutch striker has been sidelined with a groin problem since scoring the winner in United's 1-0 victory over Arsenal on November 10.

But Moyes, who faces former club Everton for the first time since succeeding Alex Ferguson, told a news conference on Tuesday: "Robin is OK. He has a chance of playing."

Van Persie has scored seven times in 10 league games for the champions this season and in his absence United have dropped four points in draws at Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Moyes was in charge at Goodison Park for 11 years, during which time Everton's best league finish was fourth in 2005.

Now, with Everton fifth in the league and on a run of six games unbeaten, Moyes is looking up at his old employer as they visit eighth-placed United.

The Scot acknowledged the work of his successor, Roberto Martinez, but suggested that not all the credit should go to the Spaniard.

"He is doing a very good job," Moyes said. "He has very good players there. I always told them they could play without a manager because they are very well organized. But Roberto is doing a really good job keeping it going.

"Everton were a great club for me ... they were fabulous to me. Overall we had a good level of consistency, finished well in the division," Moyes added.   Continued...

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini challenges Manchester United's Robin van Persie (L) during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble