Michael Owen criticises Man United’s ‘quiet’ Robin van Persie

Michael Owen believes that Manchester United's strikers have not been up to scratch this season

Michael Owen has criticised Manchester United’s strikers, claiming that they have failed to perform for Louis van Gaal’s side this season.

The Red Devils are currently fourth in the Premier League table and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after 22 games this season.

United have scored 36 goals in the top flight this term, conceding 21 times.

Former United striker Owen feels that Van Gaal’s side have been let down by a disappointing lack of fire-power up front this term, with the ex-England man singling out Robin van Persie for failing to find consistent form.

“I don’t think any of the strikers are performing,” said Owen, speaking on BT Sport’s Football Tonight Show.

“Robin van Persie has gone quiet – he’s scored the odd goal, but he’s not the player he was over the past few years.

“I don’t necessarily blame the strikers as Manchester United aren’t creating loads and loads of chances.

“They are not functioning as a team and if you don’t function as a team, and your strikers and midfielders aren’t working hard then you’ll concede goals – it’s not just about the defence.

“If you’re not playing well throughout the team, you won’t score enough goals as the strikers aren’t getting enough chances.”

Van Persie has scored eight goals and made two assists for United in 20 Premier League appearances this season.

Wayne Rooney has netted eight goals and made four assists in 18 games, while Radamel Falcao has scored three times in 13 appearances.

United’s next game is a trip to Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday night, before a home clash with Leicester City in the Premier League.

Michael Owen was speaking on Football Tonight, BT Sport’s football debate and news round-up show.

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