Ronald de Boer believes Robin van Persie will leave Manchester United in the summer if there is not investment in new signings.
The 30-year-old has cut a frustrated figure on the pitch for United since returning from injury in January which has led to incessant speculation he is unhappy at the club and wants to leave.
Van Persie is not playing anywhere near the standards he set himself last year and de Boer feels that he isn’t enjoying his football because of United’s lacklustre style right now, much like the fans.
“Van Persie wants to compete for trophies and everything this year looks out of sight,” de Boer told talkSPORT.
“It’s very disappointing for a player of his quality. I don’t think he’s enjoying the football Man United are playing.
“He’s a team player but he likes to play beautiful football and that isn’t the case at the moment.
“I know he’s come in for criticism but that’s normal when you’re the star player. People expect a lot from you.”
De Boer is probably right. Most of United’s players won’t be enjoying life at Old Trafford right now but it doesn’t excuse him from not giving his all in performances.
He added: “Man United need to refresh their squad. Some of their players have had fantastic careers but it’s time to move over and let some youngsters come through.
“Robin feels that, if this is happening, he will of course stay. But, if there’s no investment in new, young, great players from other clubs, then he will move.”
Fair enough. If United don’t invest heavily this summer, every player has the right to want to leave because it would show no desire from the club to want to make this season a one off.
As far as summer transfer windows go, they won’t get much bigger than this next one for United.
Invest correctly and heavily, United should have the squad to challenge for the Premier League title again. Invest incorrectly and sparingly, United could face another season of indifference and mediocrity.