Robin van Persie was like a kid in a sweet shop on Tuesday evening.
If his general mood and body language was anything to go by you would imagine that Louis van Gaal is now a dead cert for the Manchester United managerial position.
van Gaal himself told The BBC, Wednesday evening, that he wants the Manchester United job:
“I would love the job,” said Van Gaal. “I hope that I shall be the one. It’s the biggest club in the world and it’s a fantastic challenge.”
“You (the media) are thinking I’m the man but the most important thing is whether Manchester United are thinking that,” he said.
van Persie came on in the second half for Manchester United against Hull City and really looked back to full fitness in his second appearance since injury – scoring a beautiful goal in the process.
But it was his general demeanour which was so obviously that of a happy man. He laughed and joked with the players and even took time out to do some scarf juggling on the sidelines during the customary end of season lap of honour.
His quotes after the match further reinforce the idea that he is happy to stay at Manchester United particularly with van Gaal at the helm next season. RvP said:
‘Trust me we will be back. Trust me. Save this interview,’
It’s got to be good news for Manchester United because with so many positions that need strengthening the last thing they need is for one of their best players to leave the club.
The question now is whether van Gaal can get the best out of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie in tandem. While both would have to be categorised as world-class talents they haven’t played so well together as yet.
Both want to play centrally as well as new signing Juan Mata. So van Gaal is inheriting various problems at the club – but if anyone can sort them out surely he can.