Reports in the media have said that Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has handed in a transfer request, and might be leaving the Manchester giants as soon as January. This would be a massive blow to new boss David Moyes, who is having a terrible maiden season at United. It has been said that the manager and the Dutch superstar don’t see eye to eye and Van Persie believes United’s misfortunes will not end shortly.
In addition to his highly-publicized problems with his new manager, he has had many injury problems as a result of the new training regime Moyes has brought in. It is reminiscent of his time at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger when he couldn’t seem to ever stay on the field. He excelled under Sir Alex Ferguson and was finally crowned Premier League champion last season and stayed injury-free.
His partnership with Wayne Rooney is one of the most feared tandems in Europe, and it would be a shame if they are separated. It now looks like he is ready to jump ship before it ends up sinking.
FC Barcelona have supposedly bid in excess of €38 million in order to gain the services of the skillful Dutchman. If that bid is indeed true, it seems to me that United would jump at the chance of selling him because he is 30-years old and his injury problems will only increase over time.
Van Persie probably feels that with the FIFA World Cup only a month away, it would be beneficial for him to move on. Barcelona would be the ideal destination because it would give him the chance to finally win the Champions League.
As a United fan, I get sick to my stomach just by thinking about seeing one of the finest strikers they have ever had leave after just one and a half seasons. I can’t blame him though, I wouldn’t want to stand and helplessly watch as Moyes destroys the club and Van Persie’s career either.
All I want for Christmas is for this nightmare season to end, preferably with an image of Moyes heading for the exit door and not Van Persie. I believe that Van Persie will leave United sooner rather than later.