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Van Persie Out Of Manchester Derby



Rooney (right) set for today’s Manchester derby against Man City

MANCHESTER United striker Robin van Persie will miss out today in their clash against Manchester City despite returning to training following an ankle injury.

Chris Smalling is doubtful because of illness, while Luke Shaw is injured and Jonny Evans suspended. Manchester City will assess captain Vincent Kompany, who has a hamstring injury and remains doubtful. Forward Wilfried Bony is sidelined by ankle and knee problems, while Dedryck Boyata and Stevan Jovetic will also miss out.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini admitted that 2015 “is not a good year for us” but claimed “we are not a disaster, we’re not a mess” as his side aim for a fifth successive victory over their local rivals.

“They dominated the league for so many years but one time Sir Alex Ferguson said the neighbours are disturbing them a little bit more – so I say that’s double motivation for us,” added Pellegrini. Asked about winning his first Manchester derby, Van Gaal replied: “I dream of it, every player shall dream of the victory.”

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