The former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder believes 31-year-old Manchester United striker Robin van Persie owes the club a big season after his lacklustre performance last term under David Moyes.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Jamie Redknapp pointed to Van Persie’s lack of fitness and form under the former manager and his subsequent strong performance at the World Cup with Netherlands under Louis van Gaal as potential reasoning for the striker’s debt to the club and the fans.
“Last year, I can’t put my finger on it, he fell out with David Moyes, saved himself for the World Cup and then suddenly he was fit for the World Cup,” suggested Redknapp. "So for that reason, I think he owes Man United a big season.”
In his first season at Old Trafford, the Dutch ace finished the season as Golden Boot winner for his tally of 26 goals in 38 games after his £24.5 million transfer from Arsenal.
However, following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Van Persie struggled with form, fitness and confidence and seemed somewhat uncomfortable in David Moyes’ system and style. Last season he managed 12 goals in 21 appearances before regaining his fitness just in the time for the World Cup in Brazil where he scored four goals, making him joint-third place in the top scorers’ list behind only James Rodriguez and Thomas Muller.
However, despite his comments Redknapp backs Van Persie to be the top scorer in the Premier League for 2014/15 with perhaps only Chelsea’s Diego Costa as his main threat.
Redknapp also suggested Van Persie’s penalty taking responsibilities could see him edge out the likes of Costa, Sergio Aguero, and Daniel Sturridge.
“I think he’ll have a point to prove and I think the manager will put his arm around him,” Redknapp added.
Whether or not Red Devils' fans agree with Jamie Redknapp's reasoning, the Old Trafford faithful will certainly be hopeful the Dutchman uses his disappointment over last season to inspire him this term under Louis van Gaal.