Despite what the bulk of the mainstream media would have you believe, in my opinion there’s not many scenarios wherein Robin van Persie will ditch Manchester United at the end of this season.
The makings for a future move are there without a doubt, don’t get me wrong. However to say that the Dutch star will abandon David Moyes purely because the Red Devils are having an indifferent season is nothing short of ridiculous.
Aside from signing a world-class player who’s tailor made to replace Van Persie and won’t be missing a game if he does arrive, there’s not much chance of the 30-year-old becoming so disillusioned with life under Moyes that he decides it’s a good idea to reverse his decision and jump ship back to the Emirates.
Within that paragraph however there is a very real issue for United fans to contemplate; reports suggest the club are in fact planning to sign a world-class player who’s tailor made to be a long-term replacement for Van Persie and comes with a price-tag that will ensure he isn’t benched upon his arrival. His name? Edinson Cavani.
The conveyer belt of speculation suggesting the Uruguayan is primed for a summer switch to Old Trafford has now surpassed the point where it’s produce can be discarded as mere fantasy, and a steadily growing horde now believe that the idea is in fact a very realistic possibility.
But why? Why would Moyes move for a man who, at £53million, is going to take a large chunk out of whatever financial war chest he is permitted to revamp the squad with?
This season has abundantly highlighted the flaws in the current United team and they’re not to be found in the final third. The capture of Juan Mata has all but ensured that the Red Devil’s spearhead is as potent as it’s ever likely to get, with himself Van Persie and Wayne Rooney providing a triumvirate to be envied.
Surely then Moyes should be preparing to push the majority of his promised funds in the direction of other, more needing, areas of the United squad? A strong central midfielder, a solid centre-back, a replacement for Patrice Evra… the list goes on.
There is but one outcome I can envisage should he persist in his pursuit of Cavani and, die-hard United fans look away now, it concludes with Van Persie leaving the club and most likely returning to Arsenal.
Earlier on I stated that the former Gunners captain wouldn’t leave United purely based upon their standing come the end of this season. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe he would be inclined to move were his first-team berth come under threat. And let’s face it, with Cavani’s arrival that’s exactly what would happen.
The main reason fueling the notion that the PSG star would leave his current club resides around the fact that he is unhappy at being played out of his favoured position as a centre forward in favour of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This would infer that he isn’t about to move unless he’s guaranteed the same thing won’t be happening at United.
So it’s either Rooney or Van Persie who are logically going to make way. It’s a pretty safe bet that it’s not going to be the former.
It may not be a statement which is received with gratitude by many United fans but the evidence would suggest it’s true nonetheless; Van Persie will be leaving if Cavani arrives.