When his side recorded their monumental win over rivals Manchester City last weekend, Robin Van Persie did not look a happy man.
He has been sidelined through injury, but his team are far from struggling without him. If anything, their performances have been better – yet I do not believe there is a direct correlation between these two facts. But, what will happen now for Robin Van Persie, is he safe at Manchester United? Or is it time to look elsewhere?
With his performances for the Netherlands at the World Cup, of course you would believe Louis Van Gaal would be able to bring out the best in Robin Van Persie, and bring back the player he showed he was under Sir Alex Ferguson.
But, with the ‘World Cup hangover’, and picking up injuries, it just has not been the season one had hoped for the former Arsenal hitman. But, in spite of this, he is the second highest goalscorer for Manchester United this season.
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The media are beginning to plan Van Persie’s future for him. It is being rumoured that Louis Van Gaal is looking to offload the 31-year-old forward in order to bring in a younger model. But this would be another case of “don’t believe all you read”. Do we really think he would give up on Robin Van Persie so easily? Probably not.
Time is most definitely running out for the Netherlands international, though, given his age. He has just a handful of seasons left in him and he will have to consider whether he wants to stay at Manchester United or look for another challenge, potentially in another league.
United fans are still backing the Dutchman. He was so key to Manchester United securing their 20th title, which was not that long ago. No doubt they would be happy to see him remain at Old Trafford for another season, but with the current winning formation and side, changes would have to be made in order to accomodate Robin Van Persie.
The Red Devils will need a new forward, regardless of Robin Van Persie’s decision. I don’t believe he would sign for another Premier League club, should he call time on his Manchester United career, and he would be more likely to go abroad.
But, here’s hoping he is still playing under Louis Van Gaal next season.