Reported Manchester United target Kevin Strootman sends message as he steps up latest recovery

A player long linked with Manchester United is hoping to put his injury problems in the past.

AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has taken to Twitter as he steps up his latest recovery from injury.

The Netherlands international returned from a cruciate ligament injury in November last year and rumours soon began to circulate that Manchester United were back in the frame for his signature.

When he was forced to have an operation following more damage to his left knee just two months later the Mirror claimed United manager Louis van Gaal was still keen on signing him, and planned to monitor his progress in the months ahead.

Well now Strootman has revealed that he is back on the training pitch again, with a photograph accompanied by the simple message: “We never give up.”

When fit and on form the 25-year-old is one of the best midfielders in Europe and there is no doubt he would dramatically improve United’s squad. The question is: Would van Gaal take such a big risk on a player who has been struck down twice with long-term injuries in quick succession?

Strootman featured just seven times for Roma last season and the previous year he played 29 times following his move from PSV Eindhoven.

Everyone will wish him the swiftest of recoveries, but a transfer away from Italy seems unlikely until he has proved his injuries woes are well and truly behind matter how much United could do with him.

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