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Robin Van Persie | Forward

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/6/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 157

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Arsenal have been most frequently linked with a move for Karim Benzema but today comes word that Manchester United may be entering the fray for his signature as well.
Manchester United have things that Real Madrid and Benzema surely want if they become serious about acquiring the forward. United have cash, more cash than Arsenal, to pay a larger transfer fee and/or more wages than are likely on offer at the Emirates. As a trump card, United can also tie a Benzema deal to a potential move in the opposite direction for David De Gea. Any move for Benzema will surely signal an end to Robin van Persie's time as a starter for the Red Devils. May 27 - 10:37 AM

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Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria have both recovered sufficiently to be available to Louis Van Gaal for Sunday's visit of Arsenal to Old Trafford.

Both attackers were initially ruled as doubtful for the Week 37 clash but a subsequent report has indicated that the struggling players will both be available on Sunday. With Wayne Rooney ruled out and Radamel Falcao generally ineffective, it seems likely that van Persie will get a chance to haunt his former employers. di Maria's position is less certain since he hasn't been starting frequently even when healthy in recent weeks.
May 16 - 1:43 PM

Robin van Persie was ruled out last weekend with an illness that he apparently hasn't recovered from because Manchester United have declared him doubtful for the Week 37 reunion with Arsenal.

Van Persie was a late scratch from Manchester United's win over Crystal Palace last weekend with an illness. When it was initially reported, it sounded like a minor thing that would certainly be fine after a week of rest and recuperation. When United announced on Friday that RvP was doubtful for Week 37 as well, it came as something of a surprise. Either the illness was worse than initially reported or Van Gaal is using it as a convenient excuse to keep a fading van Persie on the sidelines.
Source: BBC Sport
May 15 - 10:29 AM

Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Robin van Persie fell victim to the clubs sweeping virus while Angel di Maria did not travel to Selhurst Park after suffering a training ground injury on Wednesday.

The Dutch coach raised concerns during Fridays’ press-conference that a number of his players and backroom staff had been suffering from illness although van Persie was the only significant first-team absentee. James Wilson recovered to take his place on the bench. Meanwhile the specifics of Di Maria’s injury is currently unknown although reports suggest the Argentine was seen at the Aon Training Complex on crutches which would surely indicate his first Premier League season has come to a rather abrupt and disappointing end.
May 9 - 1:22 PM

Robin van Persie put the ball on target plenty against the Baggies in Week 35 but he couldn't get it past Boaz Myhill even when presented with a penalty.

Week 35 for Robin van Persie's fantasy managers was one of those weekends where fantasy results, which were fairly good in all formats that reward attacking statistics beyond goals and assists, differ from the harsh reality that van Persie had a lot of chances and didn't cash any of them in. Despite being docked significant points for the penalty that Myhill saved, the Dutch forward was overwhelmingly positive with six shots on target for the match. In reality, it just wasn't enough and one wonders if he'll get a start in Week 36.
May 7 - 9:24 AM

Robin van Persie came through a U21 match successfully in mid-week and injuries could push him into the starting line-up for the senior squad in Week 34.

If Michael Carrick (doubtful) and Daley Blind (50/50) both miss out again for Manchester United in Week 34 it could set off a chain of events that leads to Robin van Persie being restored to the starting eleven. If neither holding midfielder is healthy, Wayne Rooney may be forced back in the formation for the second consecutive week. After a less-than-impressive outing against Chelsea, Louis Van Gaal seems unlikely to give Falcao another start unless he doesn't think RvP has regained his fitness. RvP hasn't been fantastic this season when he has been healthy but United's injury situation could give him another shot. It's worth monitoring in formats where you can make changes after line-ups are announced.
Apr 24 - 11:09 AM

Robin van Persie will miss the Manchester Derby despite returning to training after his late-February ankle injury.

The Dutch international has resumed training but will not be fit in time to participate in Sunday's Manchester Derby at Old Trafford. With Manchester United having found peak form in Van Persie's absence, it isn't likely that he would have started even if he were fully fit but his omission is now certain. It seems likely that he will play at least some part in Week 33 at Stamford Bridge.
Apr 10 - 12:36 PM

Robin van Persie left the Liberty Stadium in a walking boot last weekend and will definitely miss the Week 27 match with Sunderland and likely more once a diagnosis is finally reached.

While not ideal, the absence of van Persie might solve a problem for Louis Van Gaal who has been struggling for how best to align his attacking options. Van Persie's absence opens the door for Wayne Rooney and Falcao/James Wilson to partner at forward with a spot open in midfield for Juan Mata/Ander Herrera. Throw in RvP's form this season and the results from Rooney's run as a deeper-lying midfielder and United might actually be in a better spot with van Persie injured.
Feb 27 - 11:58 AM

Robin van Persie will be assessed after leaving the Liberty Stadium on crutches following the defeat to Swansea in game week 26.

The Dutch international picked up a lower leg injury – suspected ankle ligaments – during the closing stages of the game as United pushed for an equaliser having seen Bafetimbi Gomis fortuitously edge the Jacks in front. Van Persie was taking no risks post-match placing his leg in a protective plastic cast which will help to immobilise the joint and reduce swelling until a scan can reveal the extent of the damage. In his absence James Wilson could come into contention although Radamel Falcao will be keen to prove his worth as the Colombian hopes to secure a permanent move to the club. Louis van Gaal can also look to utilise captain Wayne Rooney or Marouane Fellaini in a more attacking role.
Feb 21 - 3:27 PM

Robin van Persie shook off his recent slump to score a goal as Manchester United beat Leicester City 3-1.

There was a suspicion of offsides as Daley Blind put the Dutchman through. Regardless, RvP made no mistake and scored United's opener as well as a personal confidence booster. United's other two goals came from a Falcao rebound and a Wes Morgan own goal from a Wayne Rooney corner.
Jan 31 - 12:35 PM

Robin van Persie is fit enough to return to action against Cambridge United in FA Cup action tonight.

With a big squad available to him and lower level competition in front of his team, Louis Van Gaal may elect to give the Dutch forward a little extra rest in favor of someone like James Wilson. Regardless, RvP is healthy enough to play and should be more than ready to go when the Premier League resumes next weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 23 - 11:30 AM

Reports from the UK suggest the ankle injury sustained by Robin van Persie during the home defeat to Southampton is minor with the Dutch striker expected to miss one Premier League game.

Van Persie was unable to attend Mondays’ FIFA Ballon D’or ceremony in Zurich as he underwent further tests after limping off 24 hours earlier at Old Trafford. A scan revealed slight ligament damage which could mean the striker will only miss Saturdays’ trip to Loftus Road while he should be okay for the FA Cup tie against Cambridge 6 days later. His absence will afford Colombian Radamel Falcao a quick recall who was "rested" last time out having started the previous five games. Jorge Mendes [Agent] has expressed uncertainty regarding his client’s future and with James Wilson and Wayne Rooney able to lead the United line if required the club may struggle to justify a weekly wage of over $400k sitting on the bench.
Source: Daily Mail
Jan 14 - 11:45 AM

Robin van Persie will be sent for a scan on Monday after Louis van Gaal confirmed the Dutchman injured his ankle during Sundays’ defeat to Southampton meaning the striker will not be able to travel to Zurich to collect his goal of the year award.

The build-up to the game was dominated by the news that only Ashley Young was left in the United treatment after Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo returned to full training although the latter wasn’t included and Rafael was rested as a precaution following surgery on his fractured cheekbone. The game also had another noticeable absentee as Radamel Falcao did not make the 18 although strangely three defenders did – Evans, McNair and Blackett. However the Colombian is likely to make a rapid return after Robin van Persie was replaced on the hour because of injury making him a serious doubt for game week 22. Louis van Gaal also confirmed post-match that Luke Shaw and Angel di Maria were substituted because they need ‘match rhythm.’
Jan 11 - 5:15 PM

23, 0, 29, and 28 - those are RvP's previous four fantasy totals as the big numbers start to overwhelm the little ones for the first time this season.

When that zero happened, it made the 23 against Hull City look like the outlier because van Persie's season-to-date hadn't been very good. As the past two weeks have unfolded, it looks more like the zero that was the outlier with van Persie among the goals in three out of his past four Premier League matches for a total of four goals and two assists in four weeks. I hope the bandwagon didn't fill up before you had a chance to jump back on.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 02:00:00 PM

Robin van Persie's match-winning brace against Southampton rescued Manchester United and reaffirmed his status as a fantasy-relevant player for the first time this season.

Robin van Persie's 2014-15 season has not gone well for the most part after huge hype with Louis Van Gaal coming to manage United. The Dutch forward broke out briefly against Hull City a few matches back but he followed that up with a clunker leading to speculation that his performance might be more due to Hull City being poor than van Persie's form improving. The brace against Southampton may well be a sign that the clunker was the outlier and RvP is ready to resume being a top forward in the Premier League.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 02:12:00 PM