After embarking on an impressive six game winning run, Manchester United find themselves on an yet another mini streak, but unfortunately it is on the losing front. The Reds have lost their last two games at Chelsea and Everton and failed to score in both.
However, the biggest worry in both the games is not just the goals, but the team never looked like scoring one. United lacked conviction at the attacking third to threaten the opposition goal despite the vast amount of possession they enjoyed.
Hence, the return of the 2012-13 season hero, Robin Van Perise, back among goals in the Under-21 game will be a major boost for the club. Van Persie missed seven games after picking up an ankle injury during the 2-1 defeat at Swansea on February 21. After being an unused substitute for the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, he made his first-team return as a late substitute against Everton on Sunday.
Manager Louis van Gaal prefers to use reserve-team games to ease recovering players back rather than pitching them straight into competitive games. In that way, Van Persie had played for 62 minutes at Leicester last week, when he set up a goal.
Following which, the Dutch striker played 81 minutes for the second string team on Tuesday night. Van Persie scored either side of half-time in the 4-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. He also struck the bar in the match. Midfielder Joe Rothwell also scored twice in the game.
After proving his fitness, he could now be recalled to Louis van Gaal’s starting eleven when West Brom visit Old Trafford on Saturday. And, Van Gaal will be hoping for the Dutchman to continue this form, especially after his teams two goalless outing.
In Van Persie’s absence, skipper Wayne Rooney has re-established himself as United’s first-choice striker. However, lately though Rooney’s performance has dipped as the striker scored just once in the last five games. Also with the out-of-form Radamel Falcao never looking like returning to his previous form, Van Persie’s return will be the spark which United may need the most.