Robin van Persie did not have the best of campaigns under former Manchester United manager David Moyes.
The injuries that many pessimists said would follow him to Old Trafford were conspicuous by their absence in his one and only season under Sir Alex Ferguson. But once one Scot was replaced by another, van Persie began to be blighted by setbacks that saw him make just 27 appearances in all competitions.
The Dutch international still managed to net 16 goals, but injuries to his groin, knee and hamstring saw him flit back and forth between the pitch and the treatment table.
And then there were the rumours that he wanted out, his relationship with Moyes reportedly not as rosy as it appeared on the surface.
But those stories are consigned to the past now, with Louis van Gaal in charge next season and van Persie safe in the knowledge that a man he has known and trusted for years will be following him from Brazil to Manchester.
And recently, it appears van Persie is conducting something of a one-man United love-in, praising Wayne Rooney, Nani and the departed Nemanja Vidic in the last few days.
First the former Arsenal striker hailed Rooney as a great player who was not to blame for England crashing out of the World Cup.
Then he listed a whole host of reasons why he would miss Vidic following the defender’s move to Italy, revealing they were extremely close friends.
And finally he took to Twitter to praise Nani for his goal for Portugal against USA on Sunday evening.
These actions may not seem like much on their own, but together they begin to form a collage of what it means to be a United player – a unity that was not always evident last season.
In short, van Persie appears to be enjoying being a United player again, even when his mind is on international matters. And that can only be a good thing for the club’s fans, with the hope that a player who was a shadow of his former self last season can rediscover the form and fitness that shot them to their last league title.