The manager of Manchester United, Louis Van Gaal, would have left Robin Van Persie out a few weeks back because of his poor form, but, he was not able to do so because he did not have the options to replace the striker.
Van Persie had lost his form completely after the World Cup, but, he kept getting picked by his compatriot throughout the summer and he eventually got back in nick.
By finding the net twice in the previous game versus the saints, the Dutchman has now become Manchester United’s highest scorer this season
According to Van Gaal, Van Persie was extremely lucky to have managed to save his place in the United XI during those few weeks when he was not anywhere close to his best.
Speaking to the media persons the other day, the Red Devils boss said, “There was definitely a case of Robin to be left out, but, as a manager you look at your options and then, you compare them with the player that you are planning to drop and that’s where Robin got away. He was very fortunate that I did not have enough guys whom I could use in that position.”
“All I could think about at that point of time was James Wilson. But, because he is so inexperienced, I decided not to go with him. Rooney was playing in the midfield and he was doing well there. So, I thought it was better to keep him there. Considering everything, I persisted with Robin and it’s fantastic that he’s started producing the goods.”
“Robin is somebody whom I always trust to come good, even if he is out of form. He is so talented and he has all the qualities of a great striker.”