This hasn’t exactly been a golden year in the history of England’s most successful football club.
I won’t bore you all with the now-infamous fall from grace that the Red Devils have suffered this season. Suffice it to say that battling for fifth spot off the back of a runaway title-winning campaign is far from what many fans had expected this year—even taking into account the loss of football’s greatest manager.
The most recent bastion of gloom for the Old Trafford faithful to endure are rumours of the club’s talisman striker, Robin van Persie, continually voicing his discontent with the way things are going in Manchester.
It probably doesn’t come as a shock to most observant fans that a player who turned his back on a club that provided him with a steady 10-year career for one of their arch rivals started to show signs of dissent at a troubling time.
RVP isn’t inherently disloyal; I just get the impression the guy doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut. Robin is a passionate player who loves to win. When his side isn’t winning, though, like most top players, he throws a bit of a hissy fit.
Right now the toys have well and truly been tossed out of the cradle for the Dutchman, who is unhappy with his team-mates occupying his "space” on the pitch, as reported by Jamie Jackson in The Guardian. Even his reasoning is childish.
Despite this, BBC Sport reporter Simon Stone broke the news on Thursday (following an interview in United Review) that the Dutchman will look to play out his contract at United, even looking to potentially extend it further.
The truth is I'm very happy here. I signed for four years and I'd be delighted to stay longer, beyond the next two years I have on my contract.
There is no doubt I'm learning new things and progressing with David Moyes. The sessions we have on the training ground are fantastic and I'm learning a lot from them every day.
There is mutual respect between us and the work environment is actually good. He really wants things to work and I want the same.
How much of this is true and how much is a clever cover-up from RVP’s agents is yet to be determined, but, for the short-term at least, it would appear as if the striker will remain at the club beyond the summer.
I never really got “that feeling” with this whole saga that United were ever really in doubt of losing a big player.
Van Persie’s goals have been crucial to the team since he was signed from Arsenal last summer. If United do want to push for a title again next season, then they had best keep hold of him for as long as possible.
This revelation from the international forward should now calm some of the nerves among supporters that they might have been about to witness a mass collapse at the club.
Going forward, United need to ensure that they do bring in the correct players behind the front line, if they want to have any chance of picking up silverware again next season.