Man United’s Robin van Persie: I wasn’t worried by 10-game goal drought
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie says he was always confident his 10-game barren run would come to an end
Robin van Persie insists he was never worried by his 10-game goal drought as the Manchester United striker sets his sights on the Premier League’s golden boot.
The Netherlands international made an electrifying start to his Red Devils career after scoring 17 goals in 23 Premier League appearances following his £24m move from Arsenal last August.
However, the 29-year-old failed to hit the net for almost two months before ending his goalless run with a confidence-boosting penalty in a 2-0 victory over Stoke City on 14 April.
But Van Persie, who scored 30 Premier League goals for the Gunners last season, wasn’t concerned by his drop in form and always knew his barren run would come to an end.
“I try to improve every day, every month, every game. That’s my aim. You get spells that don’t go so well, when you don’t score so many goals,” Van Persie told Untied Review.
“And I had one of those this season. Even so, I kept clearing headers from corner kicks, I cleared balls off the goal-line, I set up team-mates to score goals.
“I was never worried that I’d never score a goal again in my life. That 10-game streak where I didn’t score seemed a bigger issue for the media than it was for me.”
Van Persie’s hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa a fortnight ago helped seal United’s 13th Premier League crown and took the Dutch forward past Luis Suárez’s tally of 23 strikes.
And with the Uruguayan suspended for the rest of the campaign, Van Persie is the favourite to win the Premier League’s golden boot for a second successive season after netting 25 goals in 36 top-flight appearances.
“It would be nice [to win the golden boot], but the main thing for me was to win the league,” he added.
“Even if I’d have scored half the number of goals and we’d won the league I’d still have been happy. The golden boot would be like a bonus.
“In a way it’s not an honest award – even if you end up with the most goals in a season, those goals are the team’s goals and many will have been made possible by other players.
“They should make a golden boot for the whole team.”