Manchester United fans insist they want Robin van Persie sold this summer

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United fans have voted in a 65% majority on a Daily Mirror poll in favour of selling Robin van Persie in the summer.

Out of 2,662 votes that were cast on the poll, 1,741 voted in favour of selling Van Persie while 921 wanted to keep him at Old Trafford which is a real indication of how unsettled the fans have become in light of his performances this season, both on and off the pitch.

When United started this year, it would have been incomprehensible for Van Persie’s to potentially leave but such is the situation this year, nothing is secure.

From United’s perspective, Van Persie is now 30 and this is the last summer he could really command a substantial transfer fee. Anything past this year and Van Persie will be into his twilight years.

Right now, it seems that everybody wants to get in and have their say on Van Persie’s professional career as speculation mounts regarding his future.

Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan has rubbished the thought of Van Persie leaving and insisted he wanted to finish his career at Manchester United (e.g. Cornwall)

“In my opinion he’s the heart for the rest of his career,” he told talkSPORT.

“The links to Arsenal are laughable. He’s very loyal and Van Persie is not the kind of player who moves around. The only reason he left Arsenal was because he wanted to win trophies. He didn’t think, at the time, that there was enough experience in the team to win trophies anytime soon at Arsenal.

“He was at Arsenal for eight years though and played most of his youth career at Feyenoord. He’s only had two clubs his whole career.

“I don’t think he’ll go back to Arsenal or leave Manchester United after just one season, in 20 years, where they don’t win a trophy.”

At the same time, Netherlands ex-captain Ruud Kroll took a different stance, pointing a frustrated finger at Van Persie’s missed opportunities as well as his comments after the game.

He said: “I watched him play against Olympiacos the other night in the Champions League and he failed to put away a chance that he would normally score blindfolded.

“Then his reaction later spoke volumes. He is not settled – actually the whole team is lacking self-belief.

“Nobody doubts the player’s qualities or what he can do with the ball. Such crisis moments occur once in a while but Van Persie will definitely come good. Holland needs him for the World Cup.”

Van Persie’s future from next year onwards looks far from secure but he would only leave United if the club wanted to let him go and in reality, that is very unlikely.

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