The Guardian has led with a report today which claims that Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie is considering his future at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman pointed the finger at his teammates following United’s defeat at Olympiakos earlier this week, which ties in with reported problems he’s had with David Moyes’ training methods and tactics throughout the season.
“Robin Van Persie is uncertain whether to remain at Manchester United and will consider his future in the summer. It is understood that the Dutchman has no release clause in a contract that will have two years left in July and the champions would resist any attempt by the player to leave,” writes Jamie Jackson.
Should Van Persie be sold in the summer then it will create a hold in United’s attack but it will create an opportunity for one forward to revitalise his career at the club; Javier Hernandez.
He’s managed to score seven goals and produce three assists so far this season from all appearances and he should hit at least double figures by the end of the campaign. It’s not remarkable but it’s not abysmal considering the relative uncertainty he has to approach United games with on a weekly basis at the moment.
“The manner in which United resisted Wayne Rooney's desire to move to Chelsea last summer when he had become disgruntled with life at Old Trafford is now considered the default stance at the club when seeking to retain top-line players,” adds Jackson.
United are effectively faced with a situation where they could force an unhappy Van Persie into staying at the club, which increases the chances that the passionate Mexican will force a move away.
Hernandez is one of the most popular players with United fans because his work rate and passion is always at the forefront of his game whether he’s leading the attack or coming off the bench for a ten minute spell.
If the Dutchman goes then there will be big pressure on Moyes to go and sign a player of similar calibre but it’s important that the club doesn’t forget they have a perfectly good striker contracted to them until 2016, who loves nothing better than to play that Ruud van Nistelrooy role and hit the back of the net.
Although he’d never admit it, Van Persie’s departure makes regular football for Hernandez at United more likely.
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