Robin van Persie has had an interesting couple of seasons.
Hailed as another Sir Alex Ferguson masterstroke when he was signed from Arsenal and subsequently fired United to the Premier League title, questions were suddenly being asked about his work-rate and importance under David Moyes.
Talk was of a possible summer departure, with Wayne Rooney seemingly the first-choice front-man with Juan Mata likely to weave his magic behind him.
But Moyes is now gone, and with Louis van Gaal being tipped to replace him, his good friend and international player van Persie now appears set to take centre-stage at Old Trafford once more.
But for now van Gaal remains Holland coach, his striker has one eye on the World Cup, and so, apparently, do the Dutch fans.
Newspaper Algemeen Dagblad ran a poll asking which players the fans would like to see in Holland’s squad for Brazil 2014, and the results were interesting, with 98% percent of almost 12,000 fans voting for van Persie’s inclusion.
That is no surprise given his talent and importance to his country. And yet some United fans are split on whether or not van Persie is the right man to play up front for his club.
It is felt by some that the Dutchman slows the game, does not effectively rotate with the attacking players around him and has a negative impact on United’s all-round play.
Yes, he scores goals aplenty, but watching Rooney, Mata, Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj in tandem it is easy to wonder how – and why – van Persie could break up that quartet.
But when it comes to Holland, it is clear RvP remains the man, with a huge 11,795 people voting for his inclusion, although just behind him was Arjen Robben, with 11,766 – a point that is made even more interesting due to the recent reports linking the Bayern Munich man with a move to United.
It is clear what the Dutch fans want, but as for United fans, surely they just want a winning team again, and with van Persie and Robben in tandem, they could just get that.
The only question is: what would then happen to the likes of Rooney, Mata and Januzaj?