Martin Keown believes the time may be right for Manchester United forward Robin van Persie to leave Old Trafford.
Writing in his Daily Mail column, Keown thinks van Persie has almost become an ‘embarrassment’ to Louis van Gaal because the Manchester United manager cannot figure out how to make him work in the starting eleven.
The Dutch striker is back in the fold after recovering from his ankle injury that had kept him sidelined since late February, but Keown thinks he’s suffering from not being the ‘main man’ at Old Trafford.
Of course, that would be captain Wayne Rooney. He’s been forced into a midfield role at times this season to incorporate van Persie, but the England striker has outperformed his Dutch teammate when they’ve both played together.
As Keown sees it: “He has always thrived on being the main man. But once Ferguson left, things changed. He wanted to work with the great man for years but he joined the party when the lights were going out.
“He seemed to then sulk about under David Moyes, distraught that he had been cheated out of more years playing for Ferguson.
“…He has almost become an embarrassment for Van Gaal; a problem the meticulous manager has not been able to solve.”
Reports today linked van Persie with a move to Real Madrid, who are looking for an alternative to Karim Benzema. There would be no shortage of suitors for the former-Arsenal captain, with Keown suggesting that Liverpool and Manchester City could be Premier League destinations.
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