Manchester United forward targets longer stay at Old Trafford

Fit-again Manchester United striker Robin van Persie wants to remain at Old Trafford beyond the current season and accepts he will not be the club’s first choice striker, Mail Online reports.

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The Dutchman returned from an almost three month injury lay-off as a late substitute in the 3-0 defeat against Everton at the weekend and his future at the club has been called into question with reports that manager Louis van Gaal is looking to bring in another forward the summer.

The club have been strongly linked with moves for Edinson Cavani and Memphis Depay in recent weeks and this has fueled speculation that van Persie could be shown the exit door at the end of the season.

Furthermore media reports last week hinted that the club were willing to pay the former Arsenal forward to leave in the summer and free up wages in order to improve the squad, but give his happiness in the Manchester area it appears the 31-year-old is determined to stay and fight for his place.

He could make a first start since the end of February when his United side look to get back to winning ways when they welcome the visit of West Brom at the weekend.

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