Robin van Persie: Man Utd striker unsure over new contract offer

By Simon StoneBBC Sport
Manchester United forward Robin van Persie has scored eight Premier League goals this season
Van Persie has scored eight Premier League goals this season

Manchester United forward Robin van Persie admits he does not know whether he will be offered a new contract when his current deal expires in 2016.

"It is not up to me - for the moment I am staying here for another 18 months," said the Dutch international, 31.

"That is it really. I can't look into the future. I don't know what is going to happen after that. We shall have to wait and see."

Van Persie added that he does not think he has scored often enough this season.

His tally of eight goals in 21 appearances in 2014-15 means he is unlikely to rival his totals - 30 and 18 goals respectively - from his previous two seasons after joining for £24m from Arsenal in 2012.

With his contract up at next summer, Van Persie said: "I have played something like 20 games and I have scored eight goals. I am not happy with that."

The Dutchman accepts his share of responsibility for United's overall record of five goals in their last six games, the latest blank coming in their FA Cup draw at League Two side Cambridge United on Friday.

"I have to be honest," he said. "We are not scoring enough goals. "Everyone feels responsible. I do, definitely.

"I want to score more. I will do everything, every day in training and during the games. I will keep doing what I have been doing for the last 10 years to make those goals."

Robin Van Persie is hit in the face by Cambridge goalkeeper Chris Dunn
Robin Van Persie was committed to the United cause at Cambridge but could not force a goal

Van Persie has experienced mixed fortunes during his time with United, from winning the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson to last season's seventh-placed finish under David Moyes, before his compatriot Louis van Gaal took charge last summer.

Realistically, the only chance of silverware this term is in the FA Cup, where in the immediate aftermath of Friday's draw at the Abbey Stadium, the prospects did not appear bright.

But with 10 Premier League teams eliminated, including the three teams above United - Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton - Van Persie feels United have a "big chance" in the competition.

"After the game against Cambridge, everyone was a little bit down," admitted Van Persie, speaking at the launch of United's first global foreign exchange and online trading partner.

"But on Saturday the whole mood changed. City were out, Chelsea were out and suddenly we are in it with a home tie against Cambridge.

"Of the so-called big clubs it is just us, Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham.

"But we are the highest left in the competition. Does that make us favourite? I don't know. But I am very happy that we are in it."