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Manchester United told to sell Robin van Persie

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Manchester United have been told they should not tolerate the comments made by star man Robin van Persie and ship him out of Old Trafford in the summer.

That is according to former QPR winger and Daily Mail columnist Martin 'Mad Dog' Allen, who believes the Dutchman revealed his arrogance when claiming his Manchester United teammates were getting in his way.

Van Persie made the comments to Dutch television after the insipid 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, which left David Moyes' side with a lot to do if they are to make it through to the quarter-finals.

Allen was not happy with last season's Premier League Golden Boot winner and believes his Manchester United's teammates, like Wayne Rooney, will not have taken the comments well.

"The comments on Dutch TV by Robin van Persie that his team-mates are getting in his way and going into his positions are typical of the Dutch mentality that we've seen throughout their World Cup campaigns," he said in the column.

"We've seen players getting sent home for disagreeing with the manager, players getting sent home because they've complained they're not playing and players getting sent home because they're not happy with the bonuses.

"It's a very fine line between confidence and arrogance. Can you imagine Wayne Rooney's face when he read those comments?"

Allen believed there was no other option for the Red Devils hierarchy but to cash in on the former Arsenal captain this summer to avoid him becoming a disruptive influence in the dressing room, even suggesting Van Persie may be engineering a move away as he is unhappy.

"Clearly Van Persie wants out. Aged 30 and with a poor injury record he's the first one who should be shown the exit door in the summer," he added.

"Quite clearly that type of attitude rubs off on the rest and there will be factions and cliques at Manchester United moaning and complaining, talking about how Sir Alex Ferguson used to do it this way or that way."

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