Robin van Persie will fight Radamel Falcao for Manchester United spot
RVP denies that he’s set for more surgery and insists Falcao isn’t a nailed-on pick for the Manchester United first team
September 3rd, 2014
Robin van Persie was the show-stopping arrival at Old Trafford two years ago, although Manchester United splurged a whole heap of cash on Monday to attract Radamel Falcao to the club.
Falcao’s arrival at United on a season-long loan suggests that Van Persie could be sidelined at Old Trafford and there have even been rumours that the Dutchman is set go under the knife, although the striker has moved to deny this.
“I am impressed that people have the imagination to invent something like that,” Van Persie told Foxsports.nl. “I don’t know where it comes from and I can promise that I’m not going to hospital to have an operation.
“I welcome Falcao’s arrival, he makes us better. At a top club you should always go for the best, which also fits my philosophy.
“It is up to Falcao to fight for his place, as I have to as well. The two of us, plus Wayne Rooney and James Wilson, we must all fight it out to see who plays.”
Former United defender Paul Parker is among those who suspect that Van Persie needs more treatment for injury, while the ex-England international has slammed the form of Wayne Rooney.
Parker told Eurosport: “Robin van Persie clearly just isn’t right – there’s a lot of talk about him maybe needing an operation, and it sure seems like there’s something big that’s holding him back.
“As for Wayne Rooney, he’s been awful. There he was at Burnley this weekend, supposedly captaining the team – but I saw a player interested only in himself, doing nothing to try to lift his game or inspire his team-mates. The only thing in any way remarkable about his performance is that he collects £300,000 a week to play that badly.
“Once Van Persie is fully fit again, Rooney must be the person to be dropped from United’s new attacking lineup: for me, it’ll be RVP and Falcao every time.”