Robin Van Persie Return Boosts Manchester United F.C.

Robin van Persie was given extra time off after playing for a Netherlands in the World Cup in Brazil. But this weekend could see the striker make his first appearance in the Premier League since the 3-0 defeat by Liverpool in March.

updated: August 23, 2014 16:48 IST
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File Photo: Robin van Persie celebrates a goal for Manchester United.


Manchester: Robin van Persie's return to the Manchester United line-up gives new manager Louis van Gaal some welcome good news ahead of the Premier League match away to Sunderland on Sunday.

Van Gaal, hoping to bounce back from the 2-1 opening weekend defeat by Swansea, has been beset by injuries in midfield and Ander Herrera is the latest to be absent, with an ankle problem, alongside Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard. (Read: Manchester United Aim to Quell Fears at Sunderland)

Jonny Evans, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia could also miss the trip to the Stadium of Light but while Van Gaal has concerns in those areas, he has his first-choice attack available.

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