The Match of the Day pundit has said Manchester United have made 'a rod for their own back' by giving Wayne Rooney such a lucrative £300,000 per week contract at Old Trafford.
Hansen said in his column that Rooney earning so much more money will have raised Van Persie’s eyebrows – especially given the significant contribution he made to United’s title win last season, and that speculation surrounding Van Persie isn’t helping the team.
Van Persie was lucky to avoid being sent off during Manchester United’s 3-0 win against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League at the weekend, when he made a reckless challenge after he had already been booked by referee Jon Moss moments earlier for a similar challenge. The Dutchman was subsequently replaced by Danny Welbeck.
Hansen said: “Just when David Moyes should be looking forward to a clear week ahead of the crucial game against Liverpool on Sunday, a bit of respite, Van Persie’s reaction to being substituted during the win at West Bromwich Albion ensures that everyone is now focusing on him and his future.
“It has presented Moyes with an amazingly difficult situation, one in which there can be no winners, but the reality is that they persistent speculation surrounding Van Persie is an indictment of the modern game.”
There has been a lot of talk about Van Persie’s future in recent weeks – more so since the 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League last 16 first leg match, when he complained that his team-mates were occupying the same spaces that he likes to play in.
Dutch legend Ronald De Boer also said that Van Persie feels his future lies away from Old Trafford, citing the striker was unhappy which only fuelled speculation even though David Moyes tried to quash any speculation that Van Persie is unsettled at the moment.
Despite the win, it appears Moyes has his work cut out.
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