Three reasons why Man United won’t miss Robin van Persie
Tom Phillips runs through three reasons why Manchester United won't miss Robin van Persie if the striker leaves
After finally getting their man and beating interest from cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain and bitter rivals Liverpool, Manchester United fans seem relieved at the signing of a fresh-faced winger that can score goals. With the prospect of Memphis Depay becoming the new Cristiano Ronaldo for United, the fans will be happy to see how he is doing rather than reflecting on the potential departure of Robin van Persie. Signed from PSV Eindhoven, Depay joined the Red Devils after he finished as Eredevisie’s top goal-scorer last season and at the age of 21, it seems he is a long-haul replacement for the 31-year-old Dutchman. Although Depay is a winger, it seems that Louis van Gaal wants to make good use of his goal-scoring attributes in the Premier League, too, which would mean Van Persie is slowly being pushed down the pecking order at United.
One hit wonder
There is no question about it. Van Persie’s track record at United can only be described as mediocre during his short-lived Old Trafford career. The Dutch star scored an impressive 26 goals and played in every Premier League game to help United win the league in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season as the manager. However, it seems to have slowly gone downhill for RVP after his first campaign at Old Trafford. The striker could not manage to maintain the same levels of fitness during David Moyes’ short-lived reign and struggled to find the form that Ferguson managed to procure – just 12 league goals in 21 games. Knee and hamstring injuries prompted lengthy spells on the sidelines as he missed 15 games. Even under Van Gaal, the former Netherlands coach could not find the spark Van Persie showed in both the World Cup and during the striker’s first season at United. In fact, RVP’s form dipped to such a low that Van Gaal removed him from penalty taking responsibilities after missing a spot-kick at home to West Brom last season.
One less problem for the medical staff
United fans got a taste of the frustration Arsenal supporters suffered during the striker’s time in north London after a string of injuries. In two of his three seasons at Old Trafford, RVP could not even manage to maintain a respectable spell of being match fit without having a form of fitness or muscular problem every other month. With a weekly wage of reportedly £200,000-a-week and a hefty £24m transfer fee, United fans will feel the signing was a bittersweet moment. Yes, Van Persie did manage to help United win their 20th Premier League title but he spent a lot of time getting to know the medical staff’s agenda rather than the manager’s tactics for the game ahead.