Apr 8, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Old Trafford
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Sir Alex Ferguson hints at Robin van Persie burnout

Ferguson hints at Van Persie burnout
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Sir Alex Ferguson hints that Robin van Persie may be rested for Manchester United's clash with Manchester City on Monday.

Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested that Robin van Persie may be feeling the effects of an intense first season at Manchester United.

The Dutch striker hit the ground running at Old Trafford, plundering 22 goals from 28 appearances after joining from Arsenal in the summer. However, he has now produced just one goal in his last 12 games.

The Red Devils take on rivals Manchester City on Monday evening and the Scot has hinted that Van Persie could be rested for the encounter.

"I've no worries about Wayne Rooney, because he's needing games," Ferguson told Inside United magazine. "He's the kind of player who has to play all the time.

"Danny Welbeck's looking strong as well, as is Chicharito (Javier Hernandez).

"With Van Persie, we have to monitor it because we still don't know all about Robin, and the kind of seasons he's had. I don't think he had a season of such intensity during his time at Arsenal, so we'll have to look at that."

Van Persie's last goal came in the 2-0 win over Everton in February.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his side's match against Norwich on March 2, 2013
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