Mark Lawrenson claims Robin van Persie has handed a transfer request in at Man United

Lawro says Robin van Persie wants to leave Man United. Photo: PA

Former Liverpool defender and MOTD pundit Mark Lawrenson claims that Robin van Persie has handed in a transfer request at Man United.

Lawrenson was speaking to Matt Cooper on Today FM when he claimed members of the press had spilled the news.

He said: "One or two of the press boys that I know who cover Manchester United, they're even saying that the big whisper is that Robin van Persie might have asked for a transfer the other night on Tuesday."

Van Persie played in Man United's latest Old Trafford defeat against Newcastle and the club have denied Lawrenson's claims.

In October, Moyes was also forced to deny rumours that he had fallen out with the striker.