The 31-year-old striker has only had a peripheral role at Man United this year thanks to a series of injuries which have limited him to only 25 starts and ten goals in all competitions.
Van Persie effectively had an injury free first year at United which culminated in the Premier League title but has since gone on to suffer lots of different injuries that forced him to spent so much time on the sidelines.
In his absence, Wayne Rooney has been able to re-assert himself as United’s first-choice up front and with a new striker expected to be brought in this summer, it makes it even more difficult for van Persie to break back into the starting XI.
With Radamel Falcao unlikely to stay, a new striker is expected to be brought in so there will be even more added competition for van Persie, so there are certainly no guarantees of game time.
However, the reality is that it doesn’t matter if van Persie wants to stay. It all depends what van Gaal wants to do with his squad and whether he is happy to keep van Persie as one of his four strikers.