12/11/2013 09:12 am ET

Trouble At Old Trafford

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Robin van Persie’s facial hair gave us an insight into his mood. His stubble was just short enough to be fashionable, but just long enough to suggest a feeling of personal torment.

Okay, I may be reading too much into that. Chances are the Manchester United striker simply couldn’t find his razor before the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday, or he was going for the Tom Hanks in “Castaway” look.

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