Robin van Persie was reportedly sold by Manchester United in the summer because he was ‘not always the best influence around the squad’.
That is according to The Guardian, which claims Louis van Gaal’s decision to sanction Van Persie’s move to Fenerbache was not made for football reasons.
Van Persie had been made favourite to replace Nemanja Vidic as United captain when Van Gaal took over at Old Trafford in 2014, but the Netherlands forward endured a difficult season, scoring only 10 times and suffering six separate lay-offs caused by injury or illness.
However, The Guardian adds: ‘It is understood the striker was not always the best influence around the squad and that this was a prime factor in the manager’s decision to allow him to leave.’
Van Gaal said of Van Persie’s exit at the time: “In the end you always have to evaluate which players have contributed to our fourth place, which players a little bit and which players no contribution and then you make decisions.
“But you make decisions on facts and not on other things. It is a process. It is what we have experienced in the whole season with each other. You have to oversee all the aspects.”