David Moyes has said that strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are unlikely to be available for the crucial encounter against Tottenham on Wednesday. Despite missing these two players, United managed a 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday. Moyes will be well aware that the performance against Norwich may be enough to edge over a relegation threatened opponent, but it will not be enough against a team that has top four ambitions.
Tottenham appeared to struggle in the last few matches of the Andre Villas-Boas regime, but they slowly appear to be getting back to their former self under Tim Sherwood. They are undefeated in the last three league matches since the 5-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool. The impressive run of form over Christmas has put them just three points behind top four.
Ahead of the match at Old Trafford, Moyes said that van Persie is a major doubt, while Rooney will be assessed prior to the match. According to the Guardian, he said:
"Robin is not quite ready, we don't think. He is not too far away. With Wayne we need to wait and see. He has not trained today so we will need to assess it tomorrow."
The injuries may mean more first-team opportunities for Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez. The former has especially been in a good run of form after scoring four goals in his last five matches. The two Manchester teams have been the pick of the bunch during Christmas. The seven match unbeaten run has seen United close the gap on the top four. They still remain several points behind table leaders Arsenal.
Three points are essential for United from the match if they are to keep the slender hopes of retaining the title.
Amidst several injury problems, Moyes has reiterated his decision to strengthen in January should the right player be available. United made only one major signing in the summer by bringing Marouane Fellaini.
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