The Netherlands ace took to Twitter with the message that he is 'looking forward to Sunday.'
Van Persie was absent for United's defeat against Garry Monk's men but should be fit for this weekend's clash at the Stadium of Light.
And, ahead of the game, the 31-year-old has taken to Twitter to post the message that he is looking forward to Sunday, potentially suggesting that he is set to play a part
Good training session done this morning. Looking forward to sunday! pic.twitter.com/kbeZTx7TOU— Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official) August 21, 2014
Van Persie played a big part in the Netherlands' World Cup campaign, where he scored a memorable goal against Spain, and has therefore been granted extra rest by Van Gaal ahead of the Premier League season.
His manager may consider throwing him straight in from the start against Sunderland, however, considering his side's poor showing against Swansea and the partnership Van Persie has struck up with Wayne Rooney (pictured) since moving to Old Trafford.
The 31-year-old could, of course, play the role of impact substitute, although that may mean Javier Hernandez will have to start again, with the Mexican producing a poor display last weekend.
Van Persie endured an injury-hit campaign last term, although he fared much better in his first season as a Man United player, helping a side then managed by Sir Alex Ferguson win the Premier League title.
Should Van Gaal start RVP straight away?