Is this Van Persie's hint he'll play for Manchester United on Sunday?

The Netherlands ace took to Twitter with the message that he is 'looking forward to Sunday.'

Robin van Persie may have dropped a hint that he will definitely be playing for Manchester United on Sunday.

Louis van Gaal's side face Sunderland in the Premier League, a week after they lost their opening game to Swansea City at Old Trafford.

Van Persie was absent for United's defeat against Garry Monk's men but should be fit for this weekend's clash at the Stadium of Light.

And, ahead of the game, the 31-year-old has taken to Twitter to post the message that he is looking forward to Sunday, potentially suggesting that he is set to play a part 

Van Persie played a big part in the Netherlands' World Cup campaign, where he scored a memorable goal against Spain, and has therefore been granted extra rest by Van Gaal ahead of the Premier League season.

His manager may consider throwing him straight in from the start against Sunderland, however, considering his side's poor showing against Swansea and the partnership Van Persie has struck up with Wayne Rooney (pictured) since moving to Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old could, of course, play the role of impact substitute, although that may mean Javier Hernandez will have to start again, with the Mexican producing a poor display last weekend.

Van Persie endured an injury-hit campaign last term, although he fared much better in his first season as a Man United player, helping a side then managed by Sir Alex Ferguson win the Premier League title.

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