London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Manchester United striker Robin van Persie claimed he doesn’t need surgery for his knee and vowed to fight for his spot with the arrival of Radamel Falcao.
It was reported that van Persie will undergo surgery after the Colombia striker joined United on loan from Monaco. Falcao has scored 155 goals in his past 200 games for Porto, Atletico Madrid and the Ligue 1 club.
However, van Persie, who has struggled with injuries in the early stage of his career, shrugged off the reports.
“I am impressed that people have the imagination to invent something like that,” van Persie said. “I do not know where it comes from and can say with my hand on my heart that I won’t be in a hospital to have the operation.”
Van Persie welcomed Falcao’s arrival, saying Manchester United will be a better squad with him on board.
“I welcome his arrival, he makes us better. At a top club you should always go for the best, which also fits my philosophy,” he said. “Falcao must fight for his place, as I also have to. We must duke with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson to see who’s playing.”
Van Persie scored 48 goals in his first two seasons at United but has yet to get off the mark for the current campaign.
The 31-year-old captained United manager Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands team, which finished third in the World Cup, but was overlooked when Rooney was chosen to skipper the former Premier League champions.