David Moyes explains Robin van Persie absence

Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes gives instructions to Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie during the UEFA Champions League football match against Shakhtar on December 10, 2013
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Manchester United manager David Moyes explains why Robin van Persie was left out of the starting lineup in their 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Manchester United manager David Moyes has explained Robin van Persie's absence in their 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

The Dutch striker was one of the six players who were left out after the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United last Saturday, and Moyes said that Van Persie was rested due to the amount of minutes he played against the Magpies.

"He played 90 minutes against Newcastle, and the plan was to only play him for 60 or 70 minutes," Moyes told ITV Sport.

"We needed a goal against Newcastle, so I had to play him for the whole game. We didn't want to lose him over the Christmas period and he played an extra 20 or 30 minutes."

Van Persie was eventually brought on just after the hour mark against the Ukrainian side.

Phil Jones of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk on December 10, 2013
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