Following a number of disappointing displays, the relationship between Manchester United’s strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie has often been criticised.
With statisticians and pundits alike scouring every bit of detail about them, movement, positional play and passes between the two often scrutinised.
Whilst their goalscoring form isn’t the sole reason behind the Red Devils’ disappointing campaign, it has contributed greatly to their downfall this season.A simpler way of looking at the drop in standards between the two are the goals scored in comparison to last season. Throughout the 2012/13 title-winning season, the duo netted 46 goals between them. This season, however, that figure has dropped to just 27 – with possibly only 11 games in all competitions remaining.
With just 10 games remaining, Manchester United find themselves nine points adrift of fourth place Manchester City – a side which has two games in hand over their rivals.
For a side containing a strike duo of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, 18 home goals all season – a whopping 24 behind Liverpool at Anfield – is simply not good enough, especially for reigning champions.
Speaking in the build-up to Manchester United’s clash with free-scoring Liverpool, Wayne Rooney told MUTV how he and Robin Van Persie can improve by simply scoring more goals:
“I think we are doing alright. Obviously, we can do better and if we are not at the top of the league then that will get looked at and we understand that."
"Personally, we can score more goals and we know we can. We are working hard to do that, we have to keep going and hopefully that will come.”