Dutchman is suffering with a tight groin and will not be risked against the Reds in midweek.
Manchester United head coach David Moyes has revealed that key front man Robin van Persie is unlikely to feature against arch-rivals Liverpool in Wednesday night’s crucial Capital One Cup third-round tie at Old Trafford, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The prolific Netherlands international missed Sunday afternoon’s humiliating 4-1 loss to city rivals Manchester City in the Premier League at Eastlands after suffering a slight groin strain in training at Carrington the day before.
Van Persie was rated touch and go for the Manchester derby, although new Red Devils manager Moyes had been hopeful that his star man would have recovered in time to feature against the Merseyside giants in midweek.
However, the Scot has hinted that Wednesday’s encounter against the Reds looks like coming just too soon for the 30-year-old, who is also now struggling to be fit in time to take part against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
“I don’t think Robin will play [against Liverpool]. He will have an outside chance of playing on Saturday,” said Moyes in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Liverpool clash.
Moyes is also expected to give rare run-outs this season to the likes of defender Jonny Evans, playmaker Shinji Kagawa, winger Luis Nani and front man Javier Hernandez against Brendan Rodgers’s side.