‘He’s on the decline’ - Manchester United striker Van Persie comes in for heavy criticism

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has been criticised by Sky Sports pundit Matt le Tissier.

Former Southampton legend and now Sky Sports pundit Matt le Tissier believes Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is past his best.

The 31-year-old scorer joined the Red Devils two years ago while at the top of his game and scored an impressive 26 Premier League goals in his debut campaign.

A number of injuries last season hampered his second campaign at Old Trafford and the turmoil regarding former boss David Moyes meant it was a season of struggle.

Still, van Persie notched 18 goals in all competitions and followed that up with a solid showing at the World Cup under current boss Louis van Gaal.

Many observers felt that under the Dutchman’s guidance this season the former Arsenal striker would soon return to his peak form but so far such thoughts have proven to be futile.

His blank in Sunday’s 1-0 derby defeat at Manchester City has added to his recent goal scoring woes and he has now completed a disappointing 674 minutes of football without finding the back of the net.

Sky Sports pundit Matt le Tissier feels age is catching up on the Dutch international and highlighted how the influx of talent in the United dressing has had an adverse effect on his performances.

“It is a bit of a struggle for van Persie. I am not sure he is not feeling uncomfortable at the amount of great talent that is around him.” He said, quoted by Oranje Football.

“He always seemed to thrive when he was the main man. At the moment he is nowhere near that.”

“He is not finding his form and maybe he might be at that point in his career where he has gone just past his best and he is on his way down a little bit.”

“It gets highlighted when you are playing in such a high-profile team. If you are not doing it, you should come in for some stick.”

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