Bookies price up Robin van Persie at 2/1 never to play for Manchester United again
This might be a bit hasty, but the odds are pretty short
There was a murmur or two around JOE Towers when the news broke today that Robin van Persie was set to face a month on the sidelines with a thigh injury. From Fantasy Football concerns a few Gooners in the room smiling quietly, it is certainly big, and bad, news for any fans of the Red Devils.
With the possibility that RVP will miss up to eight games over the busy Christmas/New Year period, the burden of goal scoring will fall back on the admittedly in form Wayne Rooney and the likes of Chicarito (one Premier League goal this season) and Danny Welbeck (no Premier League goals since August).
But in even worse news for United fans, Ladbrokes reckon that RVP may have played his last game under David Moyes. They have priced him at 2/1 to never play for United again, on the basis that he will be sold in January before he regains fitness.
They have Barcelona at 9/2 to sign the Dutchman before the end of the transfer window, Bayern Munich are 5/1 and Manchester City are 8s. Real Madrid are at 10/1, Chelsea, who need a striker, are at 20/1 while a return to former club Arsenal is 33/1. We reckon that last one is unlikely.
The good news for United fans is that the bookies reckon RVP is most likely to remain at Old Trafford, with odds of 1/3 that he pulls on their shirt again and the same odds that he will be there at the end of January.