After Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, talk seems to have shifted from United’s fall from grace and focused on whether or not Robin van Persie will remain with the Red Devils after the summer transfer window.
His free-kick assist for the Phil Jones goal was decent but was far from indicative of his effectiveness in the rest of the match.
By the 63rd minute, David Moyes had replaced him with Danny Welbeck after what should have been a second yellow card of the day for the Dutchman. Coming off the pitch, Van Persie cut a frustrated and disjointed figure that surely did not impress Moyes.
Van Persie’s season to date is far from what is expected of him. His first season at United saw him contribute 26 goals and nine assists to help United secure a 20th league title. So far this year he has 11 goals and three assists in the 17 league matches he has played this term. But to be fair, Manchester United as a whole aren't having a great year and Van Persie has been sidelined with injury at times.
When van Persie signed with United, it was to win trophies. He clearly wanted to taste glory. However, United’s considerable dip in form and standing can be and should be seen as a significant catalyst for the Dutchman to possibly look elsewhere this summer. And, if the rumor mill can be trusted it seems his former club could be in the mix.
Should Arsenal sign van Persie back it would certainly signal how far Manchester United have fallen since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. Going back to the Emirates after two seasons away would serve a bitter dose of reality for United whom would no longer be seen as guaranteed title challengers.
Keeping van Persie would be a positive sign that the Manchester United ship has been steered right. A contract extension would quell speculation of a move away this summer, but doing so may prove very difficult with Manchester’s current form and place in the table.
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