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.