Why Fergie's Stab at Arsenal Over RVP is Wrong

Robin Van Persie has gone off the boil in a Manchester United shirt with the manager putting it down to a simple reason.

That reason is to do with Arsenal and Sir Alex Ferguson has in a way criticised the Gunners, suggesting that they haven’t set Van Persie up for the expectations and pressure of playing for a team constantly demanding the best.

In essence, Ferguson has suggested that the reason behind Van Persie’s lack of form is the fact that he’s fatigued and isn’t used to the high turnover of high pressure games, for a club competing for trophies constantly.

It does seem a little strange considering the modern age of facilities, treatment and any other aid you can think of which allow players to adapt in very short periods of time, to be able to play important games in small timeframes.

He also seems to be over the fitness problems which plagued him throughout his career at Arsenal, which suggests he’s fitter than he ever has been.

What Fergie seems to be getting at is just a logical point which any football fan would admit is actually fairly accurate. It’s the intensity of playing for United over Arsenal which seems to be the key here.

Ferguson is right to suggest that Van Persie has struggled to maintain the intensity he showed at the start of the season, as the pressure and expectation has weighed down on him.

He started the season well because he’d just joined a new club, one of the biggest clubs and wanted to make himself indispensible very quickly. You could say he was running on adrenaline and the fatigue may have only just started to set in.

Van Persie started the season with a bang and quickly worked his way to the top of the Premier League scorer table, establishing a lead over Luis Suarez which the Liverpool man has long since worn away.

It could also be a simple case of the fact that United have used several different systems this season, with the attacking players quite often forced to do different roles in the team.

While Van Persie’s role hasn’t changed, he’s always been used as a centre forward, it does have a knock on effect to him when others are played out of position because he’s been at his best when certain players have played in the pocket behind him.

So how does he get back to his form at the start of the season? Well he and United fans don’t need to worry too much because this is something Fergie has experienced before and it’s something he knows how to handle well.

United are fortunate that they now only have the Premier League to focus on and the lead they have created, along with fewer games, means Van Persie should find his form again before the end of the season because there is a smaller chance of his apparent fatigue getting worse.

United fans, is it just down to fatigue as the boss suggests?

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