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Robin van Persie to undergo knee surgery - reports

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The press reckon that United's striker will need to go under the knife.

Laurence Griffiths

Over on the transfer window side of things, the Falcao deal appears to be happening. Here, perhaps, is why. You'll recall Robin van Persie injured his knee ligaments last season against Olympiacos. You'll also recall that he didn't look particularly fit for the rest of the season.

Well, according to the Mirror, United's medical staff recommended that he have surgery, which would have ruled him out of the World Cup. But after pressure from the Netherlands, Van Persie ended up managing the injury with rest ... and he still hasn't had the procedure. Now, "the belief at the Old Trafford club is that he will never be 100 per cent until he has".

The Mirror also reckon that Moyes had "planned to offload Van Persie in the summer, using him as bait in his bid to sign Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain." Presumably, surgery would have nixed that plan too.

But leaving aside the speculative stuff, it's fair that Van Persie looked leggy at time during the World Cup and hasn't looked fit in his two performances this season. So there's certainly the ring of truth to this, and it explains both the Falcao move and the Rooney captaincy. Odd how things work out, isn't it? Louis van Gaal, Netherlands manager, making life difficult for Louis van Gaal, Manchester United manager, and provoking Radamel Falcao, Manchester United player.