Van Persie suffered a foot injury during United's draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League and played through the pain barrier in last weekend's win over Sunderland by taking a pain-killing injection.

The former Arsenal frontman also played through the pain barrier to score a hat-trick in Friday's 8-1 World Cup qualifying win over Hungary to become Holland's all-time leading scorer and the 30-year-old insists he is not prepared to take any more pain-killing injections for his toe.

"Against Shakhtar I got such a hard kick on my toe I immediately thought it was broken. It was so sore" van Persie is quoted as saying in the Sunday Mirror.

"On the Thursday after returning to Manchester I had a scan. Eight years ago I broke a bone on my other foot and it felt like a similar injury.