Robin van Persie
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie impressed for the U21's against Fulham handing Louis van Gaal a major boost (Getty)

Manchester United first-team stars Robin van Persie and Adnan Januzaj continued their injury comebacks with an outing for the Red Devils U21 side against Fulham at Craven Cottage on 28 April.

The Dutch forward, who was a late substitute during United's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Everton on 26 April, has hardly featured since he injured his ankle in mid-February against Swansea City.

The former Arsenal forward was an unused substitute against Chelsea and ahead of the match Louis van Gaal had suggested that the player needs more minutes under his belt to prove he is ready for first-team action.

With Wayne Rooney currently sidelined with injury, the manager will be glad that Van Persie got some much needed game time.

The 31-year-old forward played 81 minutes before being withdrawn and made a strong case for a first-team recall with a brace that helped the young Red Devils dispatch the Cottagers 4-1.

On the other hand, Januzaj, who has had a difficult time under Van Gaal persevered to impress with two assists during the game as he continued his recovery from a knock he sustained in their previous U21 fixture against Leicester City.

The Belgian youngster has struggled to match his breakthrough season under former manager David Moyes and has played a bit part role this campaign. Various reports are suggesting that the Dutch manager could send Januzaj on a season-long loan next season to get regular first-team football.

Meanwhile, according to the Daily Mail, Van Persie has reportedly revealed that he wants to remain at Old Trafford beyond this season, despite being only a bit-part player for United.

The Dutch forward has struggled with fitness and form this season and will be entering the final-year of his contract at the end of the current campaign.

He is yet to be offered a new deal by the club and reports suggest that he will be allowed to leave in the summer, with United being linked to other forwards like Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain.

However, a source close to the striker has revealed that Van Persie is keen to continue his stay at Old Trafford as he thinks that he can still contribute towards the success of the club.

"Robin is in no rush to leave. He still thinks he can achieve things and contribute at Old Trafford," the source stated, as quoted by the Daily Mail.