Report: Robin van Persie hands in Manchester United transfer request

Mark Lawrenson fuels rumours that last season's leading goalscorer Robin van Persie is keen to leave Manchester United.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has claimed that journalists have told him that Robin van Persie has handed in a transfer request at Manchester United.

The Dutch striker, who has been sidelined in recent weeks with a combination of groin and toe injuries, is said to have informed manager David Moyes of his desire to leave Old Trafford on Tuesday.

"There's all sorts of rumours coming out of the training ground at the moment," Lawrenson told Today FM. "One or two of the press boys that I know that cover Manchester United, they're even saying that the big whisper is Van Persie might have asked for a transfer on Tuesday. So if that happens, what a mess that's going to be for David Moyes."

Van Persie joined United last summer from Arsenal and he went on to score 26 Premier League goals as the Red Devils won the title for a 20th time.

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Football pundit Mark Lawrenson looks on before the npower Championship game between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers at Cardiff City Stadium on April 23, 2011
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