RvP took the man of the match award against Southampton and it was well deserved. But, if he hadn’t scored the crucial brace which gave Manchester United the points, his performance may not have got the credit it deserved.
Another scoring blank for the Dutchman and we might not have been so quick to point out that he looks like a completely new man ofter the recent criticism.
Some believed that RvP’s legs had gone just a few weeks back. But, the negative press has clearly had a positive effect on Van Persie. Because even when you aren’t in form you can work your socks off. And RvP did that more than anyone against The Saints.
The Dutchman was flying into tackles, tracking back and leading the line brilliantly. He has looked laboured at times this season and didn’t appear to have the energy for the number 9 role.
But he really looks back to his best now – spritely, menacing, quick witted and dynamic.
Manchester United have a wealth of talent up top right now – James Wilson is itching for minutes and Radamel Falcao is being primed for a proper spell in the team – so RvP knows that he simply has to perform otherwise he’s out.
And he is beginning to thrive under that pressure. He now has six league goals this season and his performances are demanding further starts for Manchester United.
We applaud RvP. After all the criticism he’s come out fighting, winning matches for his team again and has guaranteed his starting spot against Liverpool. Two weeks ago that was simply not the case.
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