Robin van Persie has no worries over his fitness and is determined to play every week for Manchester United

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Robin van Persie struggled to find his form at Manchester United in Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge at Old Trafford.

It was a season to forget for Robin van Persie as he fell out of favour with the majority of the Manchester United fan base after a series of lacklustre performances up front.

The normally prolific Dutchman scored just 12 goals in 31 appearances under Louis van Gaal, leading to speculation - in the Daily Star, among others - that he will leave the club this summer with a fresher, younger forward coming into replace him.

Van Persie’s contract expires in 2016 but he is unlikely to stay beyond that deal. At 31-years-old, the striker is reaching the latter end of his career and must surely only have a few years left at the top level.

His performances last season suggest that he has declined significantly from this point two years ago, where he had just led United to the Premier League title during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final year in charge.

Back then, Van Persie was widely regarding as the best striker in Europe after a year which saw him score 30 goals at Old Trafford to claim his second consecutive Golden Boot.

Those days appear to be long gone after a series of laboured displays which saw him drop down the pecking order towards the end of 2014-15. Although he did pick up an injury, Van Persie made just three appearances since the beginning of March.

But not only are his recent injury problems a worry, his general performances are even more reason to be concerned.

Van Persie relied on a burst of pace and movement to break away from the last defender, but he appears to have lost that. Far too often did he find himself with his back to goal with the ball at his feet last year, something which United must look to avoid if he is still leading their line next season.

Despite the worrying signs about his fitness and turn of speed, Van Persie is adamant that he has several years at the top level left in his legs and his aim is to play football every week.

He told the BBC: “I'm going to calmly sit down and consider everything [when his contract expires]. Take note of my words. I feel 100% fit and have ambitions to play every week.”

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