Robin van Persie arguably won Manchester United the Premier League title single-handedly last season, however the Dutchman has struggled in his second year at Old Trafford.
In a campaign which has been strewn with bad form, niggling injuries and consistent media speculation that he does not agree with the David Moyes approach, the Dutch striker has often cut a frustrated figure on the pitch.
On his day Van Persie is undoubtedly a world class player, as he showed with his crucial hat-trick that kept United in the Champions League last week, but is he the best player for this current team?
Van Persie is a clinical finisher who needs quality service provided to him to be affective. The current Manchester United side is lacking this creative spark, and the ex-Arsenal man has remained on the peripheries of many matches as a result.
When sidelined in this way, it is very difficult to see what Van Persie offers the team, and it is clear that he has become frustrated with the situation himself.
Both Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are more proficient at combining with the midfielders, and they seem to have a much greater understanding when playing together than Rooney does with his Dutch colleague. Not only this, but employing Rooney in a more offensive position over Van Persie will allow David Moyes to utilise record signing Juan Mata in his favoured position just behind the striker, a move which will surely solve United's creative quandary.
Without Van Persie, in their match against West Ham at the weekend, Mata started behind Rooney in a 2-0 away victory that must surely rank as one of United's most assured performances in the Moyes era.
Van Persie is undoubtedly one of United's best players. However, the Red Devils have shown that they are not adverse to moving on their star names if they think it will benefit the team.
However, it remains to be seen as to whether Moyes has his predecessors shrewdness in recognising this problem.
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