How long are we as Manchester United fans going to turn a blind eye to Robin Van Persie’s poor performances on the pitch ? How long are we going to defend him with claims such as he is lacking confidence or that he is still not 100% match fit. How many starts does a player need to gain full fitness? Well, fan’s are always going to defend their favourite players and rarely do we see fault in them. It comes as no surprise to me when some fans still claim they would rather have a 31 year old Robin Van Persie in their side than Wayne Rooney.
Despite his poor performances their have been rumours that RVP is going to be rewarded with a two year contract extension that keeps him at the club till 2018. This is what worries me as a fan the most. Do Louis Van Gaal and the coaching staff not see that he is a player in decline? Yes, he brought home the 20th league title but he has not done anything else to prove that he can be of service to the club for another 4 years. RVP should be treated just like any other aging player and given a one year extension at the end of his current deal in 2016. Forget his long term future, after failing to deliver so far this season and in a large chunk of last season Robin Van Persie’s status as a starting striker is definitely in doubt at least in my eyes. Rooney’s suspension and Falcao’s injury meant it allowed RVP to play as a lone striker in a 4-3-3 system for the past couple of games. In each and every one of these games he failed to prove why he deserves a place in the starting 11. Louis Van Gaal needs to man up and drop Robin Van Persie to improve our fortunes in front of goal. It remains to be seen whether LVG will keep faith in his compatriot or play the likes of Rooney and Wilson in the strikers positions.
When in form Robin Van Persie used to be one of the best strikers in the league but At 31 years of age RVP’s best days are surely behind him. He has lost what little pace he possessed and offers little or no movement in attack. For Manchester United, for us fans and for Louis Van Gaal its best that we all admit the fact that he is not the striker he once was and move on to give others a chance to prove their worth.