Robin van Persie was back in the goals for Manchester United on Saturday, as his smart half-volley set the Red Devils on their way to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Leicester City.
Question marks have been raised over Robin van Persie’s worth for Manchester United of late, as the Dutchman has somewhat struggled to replicate his outstanding form from his latter days with Arsenal and his earlier life at Old Trafford. But the 31-year-old put those suggestions to bed with an excellent display against Nigel Pearson’s Foxes on Saturday. The Dutch international scored United’s opener and then played a huge part in the second, before being taken off in the 68th minute.
Van Persie told the Express before the win against Leicester that he needs to score more goals, he said: “Everyone in the team is responsible. Everyone feels responsible.
“I do definitely. This year I have played something like 20 games and I have scored eight goals. I am not happy with that. I want to score more. I will do everything, every day in training and during the games, I will keep doing what I have been doing for the last 10 years to make those goals. It makes so many people happy, including me.”
The United star added: “In my last couple of games I haven’t scored. But again, can I really blame myself for that? I am always asking me that question. If I scored that chance at Cambridge we would have won the game. Then we are having a very different conversation. It is a very thin line between scoring a load or goals and only a couple.”
Since his high-profile switch from Premier League rivals Arsenal in the summer of 2012, van Persie has been at the forefront of Manchester United’s attack. His 26 league goals in his first season at Old Trafford helped the Red Devils to their last Premier League title – but since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, United have gone through a transitional period where all of their senior players have had to adapt to significant change. However, things are starting to click back into gear under the management of Louis van Gaal, and Robin van Persie is starting to flourish under his fellow countryman.
After an indifferent start for van Gaal at United, Manchester United have put a superb run of results together which has seen them stamp down their authority on a top four place, and they are slowly closing the gap on their arch rivals Manchester City. Just one defeat in 13 Premier League games has elevated United up to third place – just five points off City who occupy second.
Robin van Persie’s biggest critic seems to be himself. But after his goal and good performance on the weekend, are we starting to see the old Robin we’ve come to know and love? One thing’s for sure, a player with the goalscoring abilities of van Persie doesn’t go bad over night, and it looks as though he’s still out to show the footballing world his ongoing brilliance.