Louis van Gaal was advised to sell Robin van Persie by one brave supporter during the Manchester United Foundation Dream Day on Monday.
This is according to Manchester Evening News football writer Samuel Luckhurst, who is informed that Van Gaal was not overly impressed with the suggestion.
The story was confirmed by press photographer Craig Norwood, who revealed the fan in question was the same man who handed Van Gaal a list of potential transfer targets - complete with their respective valuations - which the veteran Dutch coach subsequently read to camera.
The list was comprised of Mats Hummels, Nathaniel Clyne, Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale and Jackson Martinez - and came to a combined £271 million.
“He didn’t tell me who I have to sell but, after a little pushing, I know,” Van Gaal joked.
Second difficult season for Van Persie
But now we know at least one of the players Van Gaal was urged to offload this summer - the player he appointed captain of the Netherlands national team during his stint in charge of the Oranje: Robin van Persie.
It's been another difficult season for the 31-year-old, who has struggled for form and fitness since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, and speculation is rife that Manchester United will attempt to cash in on the former Arsenal captain this summer.
Van Persie, according to The Sun, has received offers from Turkish giants Galatasaray and Fenerbahce but prefers to stay at Old Trafford, where he feels he could land his hands on the Premier League trophy for a second time next season.
Van Persie set for spell on the bench
That Van Persie has an excellent working relationship with Van Persie is no secret - United fans will recall how excited the Dutch striker was prior to the official announcement that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach had been chosen to succeed David Moyes - but it risks being left strained should the former opt to stay on at Old Trafford beyond this summer.
Wayne Rooney has emerged as Manchester United's first-choice centre-forward during Van Persie's absence - and the England international is expected to retain his starting place upfront heading into the final weeks of the Premier League campaign, meaning Van Persie will need to settle for a place on the subs' bench.
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