The arrival of Louis Van Gaal came with many squad changes as the Dutchman was ready to eject so many established players in the team in order to allow for his own philosophy and style to take shape. A remarkable part of the so-many exits that took place at the Old Trafford is Netherlands international, Robin Van Persie.
Once regarded as the best striker in the EPL from his days at the Emirates, the 32 year-old saw his role reduced to a substitute player last season and he opted to leave after Van Gaal deemed him surplus to requirements. Many didn’t agree with the decision as the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria were also shown the exit door.
Former Manchester United winger, Andrei Kanchelskis has come out to criticize the coach’s decision to sell the forward to Fenerbahce during the summer transfer. Kanchelskis agreed to the fact that RVP had a decline in form last season, but he believed that the World Cup affected his form as the EPL season kicked off just immediately just after it and that he shouldn’t have been sold. The former player opined that Van Gaal should have understood Van Persie’s form as he was the very one that guided the Dutch side to a 3rd place finish, which the striker was an important part of.
The striker was let go for 6.3 million Euros after a series of injuries contributed to his poor form as he could only find the back of the net 10 times in 29 games across all competitions, a far cry from the player who topped the scorers’ list in the 2012/2013 session. He also complained of the coach’s hectic training methods. Despite failing to find his form under both David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal, it is believed that the player would have come handy at such a time when the United’s attack led by Wayne Rooney have found it hard to find the back of the net regularly.