Van Persie could miss Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Preston

The Netherlands striker has picked up a knock which may rule him out of the trip to Deepdale while Phil Jones and Daley Blind are also doubts for the fifth round encounter


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed Robin van Persie could miss Monday’s FA Cup tie with Preston North End.

The striker found the net from the penalty spot against Burnley on Wednesday, but has since picked up a knock which could rule him out of the trip to Deepdale.

Michael Carrick remains on the sidelines while Van Gaal revealed Phil Jones and Daley Blind, who were both forced off in the first half against the Clarets, could also miss out.

“I think [Phil] Jones shall be difficult to play on Monday,” he told reporters.

“[Daley] Blind, I don’t know, we have to wait and see how he recovers. Robin van Persie also has something, so now I have given the players a day off.

“Only the injured players have visited our centre, but the doctor has not called me yet so I cannot say anything.”

Having already knocked out Yeovil Town and Cambridge United in the previous rounds, the Red Devils face lower league opposition for the third round in the row.

And though Van Gaal realises it will be a tough assignment, he believes his side have a strong chance of progression up against the Lilywhites.

“It is fantastic, I have already described, we have to play for the third time a lower team,” he added.

“You know the world is against you, the environment is against you because everyone is with the underdog, you have confirmed it but you are conscious to do that so it is more difficult to accept but it’s like that.

“But the chance that you can survive is higher because you are playing against lower qualities.”