Former Netherlands star Ronald de Boer believes Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is unhappy at the club and could quit soon.
United are struggling under David Moyes and find themselves adrift of fourth place, let alone the title race, and are even finding it difficult to finish fifth.
They lie in seventh in the Premier League on 45 points, the same number that Moyes managed at Everton after the same number of games last season, and van Persie is, apparently, fed up. Moyes will need his Dutch star to help turn things around, though.
He spoke to the press and criticised his teammates following the 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos and rumours have flown around since that he may leave Old Trafford in the summer after just two seasons.
“Van Persie wants to compete for trophies and everything this year looks out of sight,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
“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.”
And de Boer further stated, if Man United don’t splash the cash this summer, Van Persie could leave.
“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.”Published 05 Mar 2014, 19:30 IST