David Moyes expects Robin van Persie to be offered new contract

• 'He is happy here at Manchester United'
• Manager says Liverpool are favourites on Sunday

David Moyes expects the Manchester United board to consider handing Robin van Persie a new contract after the striker claimed he wanted to stay at the club.

Van Persie has been linked with a move away from United following rumours that he was unhappy with life under Moyes, but he rebutted that speculation on Thursday night, insisting he was content at Old Trafford and saying he would like to extend his current deal beyond 2016.

Moyes said: "It's nice of Robin. He is happy here and we are very pleased about that.

"He has a couple of years to go on his contract and I am sure that is something the board will look at."

Moyes has always maintained that Van Persie was settled at United, but rumours have persisted that the player wants to leave. "I have been telling you that [he is happy] but you don't believe what I say," the Scot said.

Van Persie will be carrying United's hopes at home to Liverpool on Sunday and Moyes admitted that, for once, the visitors would be expected to win.

"Their league position suggests they are ahead of us and they possibly do come here favourites," he said.

"Liverpool are having a very good season and we have to do everything we possibly can to beat them."

He added: "There has been great history between the two clubs over a long period. I think it's the biggest club game in the Premier League.

"To win would be a big boost. It would be an important three points."

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