"It's a shame that he's (Van Persie) going to miss out,"

"Everybody wants to be involved when you get towards the end of the season and it's painful when you can't be - and I know that from experience.

"Of course Van Persie has particular quality, but Manchester still have enough options up front: Rooney, Welbeck, Nani, Valencia.

"Like I said, it's going to be a difficult duel, but we're all really looking forward to it."