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How United/Mata can benefit from van Persie's injury

by Matthew Cusick
Mar 24, 2014 8:56 PM GMT



Manchester United haven't had the season they would of dreamed of this season under new manager, David Moyes, who took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in May last year. David Moyes' first year in the job has been tough, as he has seen a few of his vital players been injured, and most recently Robin van Persie.

Last Wednesday night United overturned a 2-0 deficit, which most thought would be impossible especially with their league standings and their position. Star man Robin van Persie scored a hat trick on the night to send Manchester United into the quarter finals of the champions league, later to draw Bayern Munich. Although Robin van Persie put in probably his best performance all season, he had to be carried off on a stretcher in the closing minutes off the game, with a 'knee ligament' injury which has ruled him out for 4-6 weeks, missing the Manchester Derby, also the 2 legs with Bayern.

Although Robin van Persie is United's leading goal scorer this season in all competitions (17) there are reasons why United could potentially benefit from his loss.
With Juan Mata arriving in January from Chelsea for a hefty 37.1m, he has clocked up 3 assists already, but has been played out of position most of the time. Juan Mata likes to play behind the striker in the famous 'number 10' role, and as this is his best position, with RvP being out it is now his time to gain from the loss, and he can now show United fans why he is worth breaking the transfer record fee.

Also while van Persie is out, this will give Wayne Rooney the freedom to play up top and be more of a goal scorer rather than a goal creator, it will also help him move up the all time goal scoring record for United, as he on the weekend he scored a brace to take him 3rd on the all time goal scorers. Wayne Rooney usually tracks back when he plays behind van Persie and it gives van Persie the freedom to get into goal scoring positions and score goals.

Will we see the old Wayne Rooney? Will Juan Mata thrive in the number 10 role? Will Shinji Kagawa Take part? Only time will tell.