Dutch legend and former team mate: Van Persie will stay at United if...

Former Nottingham Forest striker Pierre van Hooijdonk says that Robin van Persie will stay at Manchester United - if they appoint Louis van Gaal.

Van Persie, 30, made the controversial decision to leave Arsenal for Manchester United back in 2012, moving to Old Trafford for £24m after announcing his intentions to leave the Emirates Stadium after Holland crashed out in the group stage of the European Championships.

But whilst he was the star of the show under Sir Alex Ferguson, van Persie's time under new manager David Moyes hasn't been quite so smooth, with injuries rearing their ugly heads once again, as well as rumours that the former Feyenoord man is unhappy with the training regime under Moyes.

Results have been terrible for United this season and some suggest that manager Moyes could lose his job just a year after taking over from Ferguson, and the main name linked with replacing the former Everton boss has been Holland manager Louis van Gaal.

A rumoured target for Tottenham too, van Gaal will leave his post as Netherlands boss after the World Cup this summer, with a return to club football on the agenda. He has already admitted to wanting to coach in the Premier League, and would offer the experience at the highest level needed to take United back to the pinnacle of English football.

And former Holland and Nottingham Forest star van Hooijdonk, who played with van Persie at Feyenoord in the early 2000's, suggests that van Persie will stay at Old Trafford - if they replace Moyes with van Gaal.

“Let me tell you one thing: if Van Gaal becomes manager of Manchester United, Van Persie will stay. Louis will bring in a number of top players and he will create a whole new team for United – which, we can see, is necessary," said van Hooijdonk.

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