“Manchester United could be my last club,” were the words of Robin Van Persie when he helped the Red Devils win the title last season. But those words seem to slip away now.
With the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and the departure of former coach René Meulensteen last summer, Van Persie's time at United might be up as well. The Dutchman was Sir Alex Ferguson's last piece of big business as manager and quite possibly one of the most amazing move of his career.
But with a new manager things look different. Van Persie never expected Sir Alex to retire and leave him with a trophyless manager in the form of David Moyes.
Indeed his relationship with the new manager has been poor.
Though Moyes has publicly refuted that Van Persie is now unhappy at Old Trafford and the player himself has backed his manager, the pair don't seem to gel well.
The Dutchman has been out for most of the season. The reason might be Moyes' training methods as per Dutch coach Raymond Verheijin.
Even if we leave out Moyes' poor training methods and the fall out of the pair, the accommodation of both strikers in the Scot's team formation would see Wayne Rooney as the first preference.
This could certainly be due to Van Persie's fitness level and age. Rooney might just be two years younger than Van Persie but his fitness levels, work rate and all round performance are much better than his team mate.
With United struggling to make the top four, a revamp of ideas needed for next season's campaign, the reliance on an injury-prone striker may be something Moyes might not want to pursue.
Van Persie's future will be decided in the coming months. If he can prove to his manager that his fitness will not be an ongoing concern, Moyes' confidence in him may bloom.
But I believe United need to get rid of Van Persie no matter how good he his. Moyes needs to inject new blood into the team and construct it around Rooney and Juan Mata, which spells the end of Van Persie
Where do you think Robin van Persie will be at the start of the next season?
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