Man United boss Louis van Gaal’s message to Robin van Persie
The Dutchman says the striker was 'lucky' Radamel Falcao was injured during his recent dip in form
Louis van Gaal has praised Robin van Persie for the striker’s recent improved form for Manchester United.
The 31-year-old came in for some criticism earlier in the season after managing just one goal in five games before he netted twice against Southampton last week.
And the United boss admits that Van Persie was “lucky” that Radamel Falcao was injured, or he would have been likely to lose his place in the team.
“I am very happy for him,” said van Gaal.
“He didn’t play very well [for a short spell], but you have to compare him with other players at that time. He was lucky because [Radamel] Falcao was injured.
“I had to compare him with [Wayne] Rooney and [James] Wilson. With Rooney, I can play a lot of positions. Wilson is a young talent and he has to show himself also in the training sessions.
“Maybe he [Robin] was lucky, but I have a lot of confidence in him.
“I have already explained here what I like in a striker. Not only [the ability to] make goals, but to also be an attacking point and to see the third man [to link with when he joins the attack]. Van Persie is one of the best strikers at that.”