Robin van Persie has expressed doubts over his Manchester United future after a difficult season under Louis van Gaal.
The striker only managed ten goals in an injury affected season last season and was last on the score-sheet back in February with a penalty against Burnley.
The 31-year-old has been frequently condemned to the bench in Louis van Gaal‘s first year at Old Trafford even when fit and the sudden lack of involvement in the first-team has been difficult to adjust to for Van Persie.
“Normally I always played when I was fit, after my early years at Feyenoord.
“At a certain moment I felt that I was not going to play.”
A shortage of first team action has forced the Dutch international to seek playing time with the reserves.
He added: “When I asked if I could join the reserves, I was told ‘of course, for you there is always a place’.
“First I played at home against Leicester City and then against Fulham.”
With more reinforcements set to arrive at Old Trafford this summer, Van Persie’s situation at Man United seems precarious as a regular starting place under Van Gaal looks unlikely.
“I have to consider the situation,” he said.
“So does the club. They do their homework, me too. I have to think about what I want exactly. That is a new situation for me.
“I’m in August 32, but still have quite a few years left and I want to keep playing.
“Louis is coach of 25 players. Not only me.”
The alleged upcoming influx of attacking talent at United may force Van Persie to look for a regular starting place elsewhere.
“If I didn’t play much next season, it would not be a good situation with a view to the European Championship,” he admits.
“Well, if you believe the newspapers the club has already bought 35 strikers and sold 40. I do not have much more to say about it. It is a difficult situation.
“When you realise that you still are not quite as sharp as normal at the beginning of the season. That is quite difficult. I’ve played 27 league matches and scored ten times. There may be six or seven goals at. But people do not accept me, I made only ten is actually a compliment. ”
The arrival of Van Gaal was meant to signify a catalyst for Van Persie’s career at Old Trafford, which had taken a severe blow under David Moyes, but he faces an uncertain future at the club now.