Should Manchester United keep RVP?
It seems apparent that all is not right with Robin van Persie and Manchester United. Following United’s 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the Champions League, RVP stated that his teammates were “often playing in my zones. I think that’s a shame.” Although he hasn’t openly criticised his fellow United players, it seems that he isn’t best pleased with them.
This puts David Moyes in a perilous position, does he keep Van Persie or does he try to offload him in the summer.
Goals are RVP’s forte and during his tenure at United has he contributed goals by the barrel load. Last season he scored 26 goals in 38 games, while this season he has netted 11 goals in 15 games, meaning the Dutchman is scoring a goal every 1.4 games. Now as a centre-forward that is a phenomenal goal scoring return and one that can only be bettered by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool. So if Moyes were to get rid of Van Persie it’s kind of like cutting off his nose to spite his face. Can you really afford to get rid of the most prolific strikers in the league?
This puts David Moyes in a perilous position, does he keep Van Persie or does he try to offload him in the summer. It’s as if Moyes is playing Blackjack at an online casino and has to decide whether to stick or twist on 17.
As a goalscorer RVP is one of the best in the world but he is expendable. If push came to shove Moyes could push Wayne Rooney further forward, which in turn would free up the centre attacking midfield role for Juan Mata, who is currently being wasted on the wing. Now Rooney is no slouch up front, the season before Van Persie’s arrival he scored an incredible 27 league goals in 34 games. If Moyes does opt to rid United of the forward, he has a tailor-made replacement in Rooney, in fact getting rid of RVP actually means that Moyes can utilize his United side a lot better – Rooney can play in his natural striking position, with Mata assuming in his natural central attacking position. So RVP is dispensable, and if United buy a world class winger then they can afford to let him go, which would add some much needed balance to the squad.
What’s more, it seems that Rooney and RVP are not the closest of friends. This potentially toxic relationship can only be detrimental to the squad as a whole. If your two best players don’t get on, it somewhat forces the squad into factions, a successful squad is a united squad. With Rooney being named as the new Manchester United captain it will only increase the tension between the two – RVP has captained Arsenal before and is reported to be upset that he was overlooked for the United captaincy. The United hierarchy know that Rooney is much more valuable than Van Persie and if one has to go then it must be Robin.
It seems likely that Manchester United will not be playing Champions League football next season, something that will not sit well with Van Persie. . To highlight how poor United have been they are currently 610 on with 32Red Bet to win the league, if you want to deposit £10 and get a £32 free bet with 32Red be advised – do not waste it on United. Instead you could try out 32Red’s online casino – you’ll probably have better luck there. It is reported that he has a clause in his contract that would allow to him to leave if the club does not qualify. Whether or not that is true, what is clear is that RVP will not be happy at playing in the Europa League. An unhappy player is a powder keg waiting to explode, and something that United could really do without.
To conclude, United can get rid of RVP in the summer. They have a perfect replacement in Rooney and it would allow Mata to play to the best of his ability. For squad harmony RVP has to leave Old Trafford. United need players that want to play for the side and at the minute is unclear if Van Persie does. So despite his undisputed goalscoring prowess Van Persie should be allowed to leave United for the good of the side.