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Robin van Persie says Radamel Falcao must fight for his place

Sep 3, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

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Might there be some striker tension at Manchester United?

On the heels of Radamel Falcao’s arrival at Old Trafford, Robin van Persie has come out to say that reputation alone doesn’t guarantee the Colombian a first-team place.

“I welcome his arrival, he makes us better,” Van Persie told Fox Sports NL.

“At a top club you should always go for the best, which also fits my philosophy. Falcao must fight for his place, as I also have to.”

Reasonable stuff from the Dutchman, there. Not a direct challenge to Falcao per se but certainly an implied warning shot that Van Persie is by no means going to lay over and let his spot be taken.

Of course, many a pundit thinks that Louis van Gaal may opt to play Van Persie, Falcao and Rooney at the same time either as a three headed attack in a 4-3-3 or with Rooney in the attacking center midfield role in a 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2.

One thing Van Persie is clearly perturbed about is the rumors that Falcao was brought in because the Dutchman was in need of knee surgery.

“I am impressed that people have the imagination to invent something like that,” was Van Persie’s response. “I do not know where it comes from and can say with my hand on my heart that I won’t be in a hospital to have the operation.”


  1. fantom21 - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    LVG will have to be perfect with his man managing skills. He made Rooney the team captain, RVP is a native Dutchman, and Falcao is too expensive to sit on the bench. The only way things go smooth is if Rooney accepts the #10 role behind RVP and Falcao, or if RVP suffers another round of injuries. I’d bet on the latter. As for Mata, I think he’s overrated and should be sold while his stock is still high. He’s not the type of player who should be playing for any of the top teams in Europe. I have no idea why Chelsea bought him and Man U’s scouts were wrong to bring him to Manchester. He slows Man U’s attack and his passes are seldom positive ones. They should sell Mata and start preparing to bring back Ronaldo next summer.

  2. mazblast - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Someone should tell van Persie that he doesn’t make the playing decisions. If Big Lou says Falcao plays, van Persie doesn’t get a veto.

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