It's fair to say this season has not been the smoothest for Manchester United, fans and players alike. Wednesday's draw with Arsenal, while not a bad result, further damaged their quest to qualify for next season's Champions League, something that seemed unthinkable when they were crowned Premier League champions last May.
The draw at the Emirates hinged on Robin van Persie's failure to score with two great chances, one in either half, as he lined up against his former outfit. With the Dutchman in the news today amid reports he could made a shock return to Arsenal in the summer after becoming unhappy at United, questions are beginning to be asked about his future at Old Trafford.
While losing a player of Van Persie's stature would disappoint most fans, I for one feel that cashing in on the striker could prove to be a feasible option for David Moyes and the Manchester United board this summer.
With reports suggesting Moyes is set to oversee a squad overhaul over the coming months, selling Van Persie for £35 - £40 million would provide extra ammunition in helping the club secure a number of new signings.
At 30-years-old, while far from finished at the top level, bringing in that kind of money for a player who has started to suffer from injuries once again, would be great business.
Van Persie has already paid back the £24 million he was bought for with his goals last season, however has not appeared as often as his manager would have liked this season. To make a profit of at least £10 million, on a 30-year-old should not be sniffed at.
Van Persie's departure could in fact help Moyes in his decision making regarding the attacking options he has at his disposal.
This could allow Wayne Rooney to become the main striker at the club once again, a role he thrives in and has the capabilities to succeed in.
The number 10 role could be taken by new signing Juan Mata, a position he starred in at Chelsea, and would no doubt have a big impact in at United. Mata was deployed out wide against Arsenal last time out, a role I feel limits the effectiveness he can have on the team.
Moyes would be right to build his attacking options around these two, with Adnan Januzaj a ready-made star in the making and a candidate for a wide role in this system.
The club could then use the funds raised to bring in a high-profile player such as Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund, to take the final place in this attacking quadruple.
Given time I feel this set of players in this system would most certainly bring about the desired results, with sufficient creativity and goals to go alongside.
With Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck in reserve, Moyes would still have some decent options at centre-forward, and that's if they don't strengthen any further in the position.
Yes Van Persie's goals and his quality would undoubtedly be missed to begin with, but an unhappy player is not something Moyes needs, and therefore if he does want to leave the Red Devils, the manager should not stand in his way providing they can receive the right sort of money for his services.
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