Speaking on Match of the Day 2 Extra, the BBC pundit admitted he is not convinced Van Persie is working hard enough for the Red Devils this term.
The Netherlands international has scored 10 goals in 25 appearances this season, but his lacklustre performances have been criticised by fans and pundits alike.
Lawrenson: Van Persie is taking the mickey
Lawrenson said: “I look at Van Persie and every time I see him I [think] ‘you know what, you’re taking the mickey - you’re picking your money up and you’re not doing enough’.”
Van Persie, 31, failed to score in United’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City on Saturday and once again looked off the pace.
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United should sell Van Persie
That some United fans took to social media to celebrate the fact the former Arsenal captain had left the Liberty Stadium on crutches sums up how poorly the striker is performing at present.
Van Persie will have 12 months left to run on his Manchester United contract this summer - and Van Gaal must seriously consider cashing in on the player he made captain of the Netherlands national team.
Manchester United fans: is Van Persie finished? Do you believe he is capable of rediscovering his best form? Let us know by leaving a comment in the box below!