Man United’s David Moyes delivers Robin van Persie injury update
Manchester United manager David Moyes is remaining tight-lipped on the possibility for Robin van Persie playing on Wednesday
David Moyes has revealed he will make a late decision on whether to play Manchester United striker Robin van Persie against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night.
The Netherlands international was a second-half substitute in a 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday after Van Persie missed a 4-1 derby defeat by Manchester City due to a thigh injury.
Moyes’ men are looking to bounce back from their two-game losing streak in the top flight, but the Red Devils boss was coy when asked about the possibility of Van Persie featuring at the Donbass Arena.
“He’s fit,” said Moyes. “We’ll make a decision [on Wednesday] on whether we start him.
“He’s as good as anybody I’ve seen. His movement and his football common sense on the pitch is fantastic, as well as the positions he picks up. He’s a great goal scorer. He scores all types of goals.”
Shakhtar Donetsk v Man United: Pre-match facts
• Shakhtar helped eliminate United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea in last season’s group stage. Mircea Lucescu’s men beat the then holders 2-1 at home through goals from Alex Teixeira and Fernandinho and only lost the return fixture 3-2 after conceding in added time.
• Shakhtar have won all three previous Champions League fixtures against English visitors to Donetsk, with earlier successes against Arsenal in the 2000/01 first group stage (3-0) and 2010/11 group stage (2-1). Overall their home record against Premier League sides is W4 D1 L0.
• United’s only previous encounters with Ukrainian opposition came against Dynamo Kyiv, most recently in the 2007/08 group stage when they won 4-2 in Kyiv and 4-0 in Manchester. Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney both found the net in Ukraine, while Rooney was also on target at Old Trafford.
• Ryan Giggs played in the English champions’ first visit to Ukraine, a 0-0 draw at Dynamo in their opening match of the 2000/01 first group stage.