They say it never rains but it pours and the storm clouds are certainly circling Old Trafford at present with star striker Robin van Persie now laid off for a month.
The Dutchman injured his thigh when taking a corner in the 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk and will now miss a crucial four weeks for the Red Devils.
RvP’s timing could not be worse with United having just suffered back-to-back home defeats in the league and with the injury coming on the back of a rumoured rift with manger David Moyes speculation is mounting that the forward could be on his way out.
United maintain there is no issue with the player’s desire to remain at the club and it’s 1/3 that he will pull on the red jersey of Manchester again but with odds of 2/1 saying he never plays for the champions again speculation will be rife in the coming weeks.
Should talk of a clash with Moyes prove well-founded then Spanish giants Barcelona look best placed to take the top-scoring striker off United’s hands.
The Catalan club are priced as 9/2 second favourites to be RvP’s employers on 1st February 2014, while Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich can be backed at 5/1.
United’s “noisy neighbours” Manchester City lead the group of Premier League outfits vying for his services – after missing out on their man last summer – and offer odds of 8/1, while Chelsea – who are in the market for a proven goalscorer – are priced at 20/1.
Arsenal fans are an unforgiving bunch and would be unlikely to welcome their former idol back to the Emirates so a return to north London is priced as an outside chance at 33/1.
If United’s form does not improve, fans will become increasingly wary that Van Persie could angle for a move, leaving Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck in the awkward position of having to play well enough to convince the very man keeping them out of the team to stay put.
Next up for United is a trip to Villa Park – where its 4/5 the Red Devils end their current slump – and all eye are now on Moyes to see how he copes with this latest setback.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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