Come the 2014/15 Premier League season, we will see Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie vying for the main striker's role at Manchester United.
How the two players perform at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil will have serious implications on their first-team prospects for next season.
So, with just over a week left before the spectacle in Brazil kicks off, of Rooney and Van Persie, who is on course to having a better World Cup? At present, safer bets will be on the latter.
After scoring 11 goals in the qualification campaign, Van Persie has continued his rich streak of form with the Netherlands, raking up two goals in his last two international matches. Manager Louis van Gaal’s formation of 3-5-2/5-3-2 appears to be suiting the Dutchman, with the team’s attack revolving around him.
The 30-year-old will play upfront regardless of the formation, but the fact that he has gelled well with the midfield trio of Jordy Clasie, Nigel de Jong and Wesley Sneijder means that the Netherlands should have no problem in penetrating the final third in Brazil. Clasie and Sneijder provided the assists for Van Persie’s goals against Ecuador and Ghana respectively, and the duo understand their compatriot's movements very well.
Van Persie looks fit, having recovered from the physical problems that hampered his performances for United last season. When trusted by the coach, Van Persie tends to perform, and in Van Gaal, the Netherlands have possibly the best manager who could get the best out of the 30-year-old.
Rooney, on the other hand, is yet to hit top form for England. Against Peru, he was disappointing to say the least. The 28-year-old is not lacking match fitness and worked very hard on the defensive front on Friday evening, but he failed to influence the match proceedings in the way that is expected of the United talisman. Instead, Daniel Sturridge took away all the limelight.
After the match, Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson refused to guarantee Rooney a starting spot in the team, although the England international should probably start against Italy.
Van Persie is one of the favorites to win the Golden Boot award, while Rooney is not even his country’s leading contender for the illustrious prize, falling behind Sturridge. Nonetheless, in the No. 10 role, Rooney will be more or less concerned with creating goal-scoring chances.
The Englishman can still have his dream tournament, but he will have to overcome the pressure of the fans and get his act right before England's opener. For now, the eyes of the United fans should be on Van Persie as the latter looks to be firing on all cylinders as we approach the World Cup.