Robin Van Persie has had a blinder of a first season at Manchester United. He’s scored 19 Premier League goals in 29 appearances and has bagged some vital strikers including the winner away at Manchester City.
However, recently he has been off the boil, which has allowed Liverpool’s Luis Suarez to race away from him in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot and the time may have come to leave him out of the side temporarily.
Whether Van Persie’s lack of form over the last six games is down to fatigue is questionable because he’s been fitter than he ever has been during his career, over the last two seasons.
It could just be that he’s going through a spell of poor form, as all strikers do at some point. There’s also no harm in leaving him out because it could reignite him in a positive way.
A temporary rest will knock his morale but he’s a professional and a top quality striker, so that will make him buck up his ideas so he can be effective in the closing matches of the season.
He’s a player that thrives on confidence so there’s no doubt that dropping him would be a risk but he could be very effective as a fresher, more energised option from the bench in forthcoming matches.
United have plenty of options which have been working in recent weeks and they have the ability to retain that imposing individual in their side, in the form of Wayne Rooney.
Rooney is more than capable of leading the attack on his own, which means Ferguson has the option to play someone like Shinji Kagawa just behind him, packing the midfield.
The effect this will have over the final games of the season is that it will allow United to control matches in the middle of the pitch, dominate the stats and ensure that there are no major weaknesses in the side, which will help to wrap up the title.
Ferguson also has the option of using Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in different attacking roles. Hernandez in particular is very good at doing the Van Persie type jobs of poaching a half chance and playing on the shoulder of the defence to take advantage of his pace.
It’s not a cloak and dagger situation for Van Persie, he’s just out of form so there’s no harm in Ferguson making a logical decision to select someone else who may have a better chance of sniffing out a goal at the moment.
Should Ferguson drop Van Persie?
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