He was supposed to be Sir Alex Ferguson's next star, following in the shoes of Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo, but then the news broke that after just one season with Van Persie, Ferguson had his bags packed and was on his way upstairs.
Then in came David Moyes, and it was anyone's guess of how he and the Dutchman would get on. So far, it hasn't been particularly good.
Ferguson was one of the contributing factors in getting Van Persie to United rather than rivals City or even Juventus of Italy. Since he went though, Van Persie's relationship with Moyes hasn't really blossomed.
You can't particularly say that Van Persie has been under-performing, with 14 goals this season you cannot say he is out of form. Although he's failed to replicate his scintillating form of last season under Ferguson.
It seems that he doesn't fit in under David Moyes, and one would think that he is pretty unsettled under his new boss.
Van Persie has broken rank too many times already, which frankly is upsetting to see for both fans and fellow players alike. Apparently, after his recent outburst there was a thorough divide in the dressing room.
What should have been a dream partnership with Wayne Rooney just has not happened this season. In the Champions League against Olympiacos, Van Persie played just one pass to Rooney, and that was at the kick-off.
With Moyes set to assert some authority in the summer, Van Persie could be one of the first to be axed by the Scot. It wouldn't be surprising if Moyes was to follow the lead set by Ferguson in getting rid of players who doesn't do what he says, and Van Persie hasn't.
There are many better players out there who could do a better job partnered with Rooney, or he could even lead the line on his own. Personally, I think Manchester United don't need anyone else, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez are more than capable of supporting Rooney when they need to.
It was evident against West Brom on Saturday that Van Persie was far from his best, and perhaps even should have been sent off. When taken off after half time, it was clear he wasn't happy and his frustration was shown.
A whole lot of the United fans want him out, and perhaps this may be the final straw for Moyes in deciding whether he goes or stays. He can't have people who aren't 100 per cent committed to the cause.
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