Rooney has since flourished and he grabbed another goal in last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.
The move has also allowed Ander Herrera to really make a mark in midfield. If van Gaal was to bring van Persie back into the side, it would threaten to derail United’s good momentum.
Regardless, van Gaal has a policy of making his players feature for the U21s in order to prove their fitness before they can make a return for the first-team.
Whether or not he will make van Persie do the same remains to be seen, especially given the fact he seems to have a soft spot for his striker following their work together at the 2014 World Cup with the Dutch national team.