Van Persie calls for patience but is time on his side?

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie came out publicly this week to back under pressure manager David Moyes to succeed.

The Dutch striker called for the manager to be given time to succeed following his tough start to life replacing  Sir Alex Ferguson.

There can be no denial that the Red Devils have been uncharacteristically disappointing this season and it cannot be denied the new boss would have hoped for a better start to his debut season in charge. Whilst Van Persie, who remains out injured, has stated his support of David Moyes, I wonder if time is of the essence more to the player than the manager.

'Moyes needs time, he's new,'' Netherlands international Van Persie was quoted as saying on the BBC.

''The manager is our leading man and he will change things around.''

David Moyes signed on a six-year deal this summer – it’s clear the club trust Ferguson’s choice of successor not only from the terms of his contract but through their unequivocal backing of him publicly this term under testing circumstances. Robin van Persie, however, signed in the summer of 2012 on four-year contract from Arsenal.

He explicitly stated his desire was to win titles under Sir Alex Ferguson at United and whilst he has come out publicly to back Moyes this week, there is the possibility the striker was moving to ‘cool’ rumours of a rift between himself and the boss.

Van Persie is now 30 years of age and, especially given his track record with injuries, one would expect he’ll maintain his level of fitness and performance for not much more than two or three years at the top level in the Premier League.

Whilst Van Persie has called for time for the new coach, time is indeed of the essence for the centre-forward who has just one league title and one FA Cup title to his name in his decade-long career in England. Can he afford to wait for things to improve under David Moyes, will surely be the question?

Recent speculation over his future has seemed baseless – the only ‘in the know’ source credited it Mark Lawrenson who, it must be acknowledged, is not on the inside at Old Trafford on a regular basis. Van Persie has been liked with a move away – most prominently to Barcelona – but I can’t personally see that coming to fruition.

I can, however, see Robin van Persie feeling somewhat disillusioned about his move to Old Trafford since the retirement of Ferguson as it looks more than likely he will be playing out the rest of his career at a Manchester United undergoing the biggest upheaval he will have known in his lifetime.

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