It would not be surprising if Robin Van Persie doesn’t feature in the starting line up of Manchester United on their visit to Leicester City this weekend.
The Holland international just doesn’t deserve to be a starter with his current form. He doesn’t appear to be the same guy who had played like an absolute superstar for United in 2012-13. With 26 goals in the top tier in his very first season, he had won the Red Devils the silverware, but, of late, he has been very, very ordinary. He has struggled to say the least.
It’s not that United doesn’t have anyone in the wings who is good enough to take Van Persie’s place. There are guys in there. Radamel Falcao, the loan signing of the club, is the one who can be a like-for-like replacement for the Dutchman.
Falcao is somebody who is in great shape at the moment. His game is peaking and he can surely make a difference for United this season. He is also the kind of player Louis Van Gaal admires; energetic, aggressive and always looking for the goal.
Van Persie is clearly not comfortable with Van Gaal’s formation at the moment. He likes to be the alone centre forward of the team playing right up front , but, the new Manchester United boss prefers two strikers together in the central position.
Since the time Van Gaal has overlooked Van Persie for United captaincy, there have been talks that the relationship of the Holland captain with his compatriot manager has soured a little bit and according to the sources, in the near future, there might be a fall out between the two as well.
Van Persie has regularly maintained in the media though that he has no hard feelings for anyone in the camp.
Rio Ferdinand spent 12 seasons playing with the Manchester United jersey where he enjoyed a remarkable career winning the Champions League and 6 Premier League as well as a number of other trophies along the way. The English defender is an icon for many supporters of the club but his time at Old Trafford has reached its end after his contract with Manchester United expired and no contract extension was offered, he was released by the English club.
QPR decided to sign the English player who turned into a free agent after being released by Manchester United. During his time performing at Old Trafford, Ferdinand became one of the top defenders of the world as he attracted the attention of clubs everywhere and the veteran has admitted that one point in time Barcelona and Real Madrid wanted to sign him.
Ferdinand said: “I spoke to Roma and also there was interested from Real Madrid and Barcelona at one time. But when I was at Manchester United and there was interest from other clubs I was winning things at Manchester United. So my head was never turned to go anywhere else. You tell someone from Manchester United or a team that’s winning things that they could go abroad and you would be hard pressed to get them to go. If Gareth Bale had been at Manchester United and winning trophies he wouldn’t have gone to Real Madrid. I was just turned on by winning. I wasn’t interested in going anywhere else.”
A 4th place spot of the past season in the Championship League allowed QPR on securing their ticket for the team of Harry Redknapp to perform once more at the top tier league in England at the Premier League which means that Rio Ferdinand will have the chance to play against some of his former teammates.
Rio Ferdinand will be reunited with his former coach Harry Redknapp as both of them have already worked together some years ago when they met in West Ham United.