Last season Robin Van Persie led Manchester United to the Premier League title. After years of stagnation at Arsenal, the Dutch ace scored 26 goals in 38 League games and chipped in with goals in other competitions too. With Wayne Rooney’s future up in the air at the time, the former Arsenal man proved to be Manchester United’s inspiration.
For a number of reasons this just hasn’t been the case this year. If The Dutchman was fully fit, I’m sure he’d start every game. But his injury problems have led to just 14 starts out of a potential 26. This has clearly had an effect on the club, who are now looking like a mid-table side.
Despite his diminished appearances, Robin has still managed to find the back of the net 13 times. Suffice to say, he’s a very important player for Manchester United. The only thing that’s currently holding him back is his propensity for picking up injuries.
Actually, scratch that. There’s something else that seems to be holding him back. Throughout the course of this season there have been numerous reports suggesting that he is dissatisfied at Old Trafford.
For instance, The Mirror claim that Robin is unhappy with David Moyes’ rigorous training regime and the fact that United have been willing to gamble on his fitness. It seems that the Red Devils aren’t like Arsenal, who let him spend a long time sitting on the bench recuperating. David Moyes is trying to get the most for his money.
Unfortunately, he may end up squeezing Robin out as a result. The Mirror even claim that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has met with Van Persie’s agents to discuss the player returning to the Emirates in the summer. If this is really the case it would be a big disappointment to Manchester United fans.
RVP will be 31-years-old in August. At this stage, I think it’s fair to say that Manchester United could live without their superstar Dutchman. Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are all talented footballers and I’m sure David Moyes will be looking at other options in the summer.
If the Dutchman is kicking up a stink, there’s no point having him stay around. Given the current state of the squad, I’d say it’s time to start bringing in players who actually want to build a future at Old Trafford.
What’s your take? Should Manchester United work hard to keep Robin Van Persie?
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