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Manchester United striker ruled out of Liverpool clash

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that Robin van Persie will miss their matches with Tottenham and Liverpool, reports the Daily Express.

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The striker will be a big miss for the Red Devils, with both matches being huge in the race for the Premier League top four. If the Mancunian side lose to Spurs on Sunday they will drop out of the Champions League qualification places. A further defeat could all but end their hopes to be in Europe’s premier competition next season.

The 31-year-old’s boss is happy with how his recovery is going, but it still isn’t quick enough for the forward to be back for the key clashes. This will likely mean that captain Wayne Rooney will continue in his favoured position up top, although Radamel Falcao could get another chance in the role.

The 63-year-old said: “He is still with the medical department and needs to take the step to the technical department. He is always training but the medical department is also sports science so he is training inside, not outside on the pitch.

“Even when he is on the pitch, he is with the medical department. He will then take the step to the technical department and then we have a process when he comes into our selection and trains.”

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