Robin van Persie would almost certainly advise the Manchester United board to appoint Louis van Gaal as the club’s manager were David Moyes to be relieved of his position at the end of the season, according to respected Dutch journalist Thijs Slegers.
Van Gaal has been linked as a replacement for Moyes amid apparent uncertainty regarding his future with Manchester United, with reports claiming some directors are beginning to question the wisdom in appointment the Scot as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.
Van Persie’s future with Manchester United has also been the subject of much speculation over recent months, although the former Arsenal captain last week moved to extinguish the idea of supposed unrest.
While Moyes can count on the support of Van Persie, the Netherlands international does enjoy a close bond with his international coach Van Gaal, who would reportedly be open to the prospect of moving to Old Trafford after the World Cup this summer.
It is a job that would seem incredibly unlikely to become available, despite the troubles Manchester United have endured under Moyes, but Slegers says Van Persie would have just the candidate were the manager to be forced to relinquish his role.
"Maybe the Man United job becomes free and we can be damn sure that Robin van Persie has said to the directors at Man United, think about Van Gaal if you are looking for a new coach because Van Gaal and Van Persie are very close in the Dutch national team,” Slegers told talkSPORT.
"Van Persie loves the way he treats a group of players, loves the way he thinks about football so we can be sure that Van Persie will try to get Van Gaal in if David Moyes loses his job."
Van Persie, meanwhile, could be fit to return for Manchester United in the derby against City next week, having been taken off on a stretcher in the Champions League defeat of Olympiacos on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old received a knock to the knee during the 3-0 win, during which he Van Persie scored a hat-trick, but Netherlands assistant coach Patrick Kluivert claims the injury was not as bad as initially feared.
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