Robin van Persie will quit Old Trafford unless Louis Van Gaal is brought in to replace David Moyes as Manchester United boss, according to Pierre van Hooijdonk.
The former-Premier League striker has claimed that van Persie’s United future can only be assured if the United board moves to replace Moyes at the earliest opportunity this summer.
Van Gaal has reportedly held talks with the United board, and the Dutch coach was spotted sitting alongside van Persie at a recent PSV Eindhoven game.
The 62-year-old former-Barcelona boss is also a target for Tottenham, who are reportedly looking for options to replace Tim Sherwood at the end of the season.
But the Daily Mirror report claims van Gaal is biding his time with United his preferred destination this summer. He will not commit to replacing Sherwood until he’s found out whether United will look to oust Moyes.
And Van Hooijdonk believes United would guarantee van Persie’s future at Old Trafford if they brought in the Dutch manager.
“Let me tell you one thing: if Van Gaal becomes manager of Manchester United, van Persie will stay," he said.
"Louis will bring in a number of top players and he will create a whole new team for United – which, we can see, is necessary.”
United are expected to have sizeable funds to give to the manager this summer, with some reports claiming up to £200m will be available.