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Saturday 28 May 2016

Robin van Persie needs to get back on pitch soon for Manchester United

Telegraph Sport: where the debate starts

With Steven Beacom

Published 17/01/2014

Robin van Persie, right, believes David Moyes, left, will get it right at old Trafford
Robin van Persie, right, believes David Moyes, left, will get it right at old Trafford

Anyone who thought Robin van Persie had given up fame, fortune and football to sell clogs in a quiet Dutch village is mistaken. I know there have been more sightings of the Lough Ness Monster lately, but I can confirm RVP is still a Manchester United player... he's even been talking about life at Old Trafford post Sir Alex Ferguson.

There were suggestions a few months ago that with Fergie out of the hotseat and David Moyes in it, Van Persie wanted a transfer.

If the former Arsenal striker is unhappy he tried to hide it when backing Fergie's successor in an interview calling Moyes "our leading man" who "will change things around sooner rather than later".

It would help the 'leading man' if RVP could get himself back on the pitch 'sooner rather than later'.

The 30-year-old has played in only 16 out of 31 United games this season due to injury. It reminds me of his largely frustrating time at Arsenal.

In contrast last season, he featured in 48 out of 54 matches, scoring goals galore, inspiring United to the title in Sir Alex's final campaign.

Van Persie won't play against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Wayne Rooney is struggling to make it, too.

That's bad news for Moyes who still has to convince the United fans. More importantly at this stage I sense he still has to convince some United players and that includes RVP, positive comments and all.

Beating Chelsea would be a great way to do it.

Highly unlikely the way the Blues are playing. Jose Mourinho's men might just run riot on Sunday.

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