Robin van Persie has not featured for United in the last few weeks and this has coincided with a very poor run of form for the champions. They are unlikely to finish in the top four is this poor run of form continues. The striker is set to miss the upcoming big match against Chelsea along with Wayne Rooney. Both players have not been available for selection in the last few matches. Their futures have also been thrown into doubt due to various reasons. Rooney has just over 12 months left on his contract, while van Persie is thought to be unhappy with David Moyes.

Manager David Moyes, though, has reacted to the speculation by saying that van Persie is not going to leave United in January or in the summer. The striker was a major reason towards the club winning the league title last season. He has suffered numerous injuries during the early part of his career and it seems to be cropping up again. Van Persie has been out with muscular injuries since December, but the manager expects the Dutchman to be back in training sooner rather than later.

Sir Alex Ferguson revealed in his autobiography that he apologised to van Persie for not revealing his decision to retire when he signed from Arsenal in 2012.

“It couldn’t be further from the truth. I keep saying it is untrue but for some reason people don’t want to write it or hear it. But it is the fact. Most people know that I talk pretty straight. If there was something wrong I would be the first one to come out and say it. I have a really good relationship with Robin, as I do with all the players,” said Moyes, whose team are already more than 10 points behind table leaders Arsenal.