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Van Persie's son faces choice of Manchester United or City

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has spoken very positively about his son's footballing ability, claiming that he will have to make a choice between the Red Devils and fierce rivals Manchester City in around a year's time.

The Dutch striker - who himself joined the 20-time champions from Arsenal in 2012 - revealed that seven-year-old Shaqueel is playing for both Manchester clubs as well as his local team.

"His timing is incredible," Van Persie told BT Sport.

"He's very competitive. He plays for his local team with his friends, he got scouted and now he's playing for both Manchester United and for City up until the age where, maybe in a year or so, he has to make his mind up and he has to make a decision about where he wants to play."

Evidently the proud father, Van Persie also spoke of his delight at how well Shaqueel was performing academically as well as on the football pitch.

"What I'm mostly happy about is that he's doing really well at school as well so it's the perfect combination."

Such a choice between two giants of English football will likely to prove rather tough for someone so young, but Van Persie senior is obviously experienced enough to be able to help him through a difficult decision process.

Having helped Manchester United to win the title during Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge at Old Trafford, Van Persie has obviously found things slightly more difficult during his second campaign at the club.

Persistently dogged by nagging injuries, the Netherlands international has often been forced to look on from the sidelines as Manchester United utterly failed to mount a credible defence of their crown.

With the miserable reign of David Moyes now at an end, however, there appears to be a sense of cautious optimism prevailing around the club.

Van Persie himself will presumably be delighted if Louis van Gaal is appointed as the next permanent manager, with the two having obviously worked closely together for the Dutch national team in recent years.

Robin van Persie was speaking on The Clare Balding Show, to see the full interview tune in to BT Sport 1 at 8pm on Thursday 8th May

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