The statistics that show why this Manchester United star should be dropped

Not too long ago, if you were an avid – or casual – Fantasy Football gamer, then Robin van Persie – even with his extremely high price tag – was an essential player in your squad. Well not anymore.

Since his incredible title-winning season with Manchester United two years ago, the Dutch striker looks lethargic and lacklustre in the final third.

If a fan stopped watching Man United for a year-and-a-half they would notice a big difference, and these statistics provided by PaddyPower are starting to show that Van Persie’s superpowers are on their way down.

Van Persie min p goal Van Persie goals

Since the 2010/2011 season, the 31-year-old’s Minutes per goal value has increased steadily and come 2014 it is now averaging 294 minutes until a goal.

However due to manager Louis Van Gaal’s close connection with Van Persie having worked together for Holland in the summer, will he have the discipline to push his under-performing star out of the lineup?

Whatever his decision it is going to be an important one, as now the Red Devils come up to a daunting set of fixtures which includes Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal in the next four gameweeks.