Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke had defended Robin van Persie following his slow start to the season, insisting that the Dutchman will soon rediscover his past form.
Van Persie, 31, has netted just three times in nine Premier League games this season, with his performance in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at rivals Manchester City coming in for criticism from some quarters, including ex-Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown.
Having endured his fair share of injury problems down the years, the Dutchman’s recent struggles have led to suggestions that he is on the decline but, after seeing him bag a late equaliser in last month’s 1-1 home draw with Chelsea, Yorke believes such claims are wide of the mark.
‘He looked like he was back on form against Chelsea. I think that goal is going to be important to him going forward,’ he told Sky Sports News HQ.
‘He played in a difficult game in the derby, where things didn’t go well for him, but I’m sure that with his quality it’s only a matter of time before it happens for him again.’
Even if Van Persie does continue to struggle in front of goal, Yorke still maintains Manchester United have enough attacking talent to challenge for a top-four spot, adding: ‘When you have someone like Van Persie not scoring, you’ve still got people like Falcao and Rooney, so I don’t see the problem.
‘Manchester United have the quality to go on an unbeaten run of 10 to 12 games, and that’s the kind of thing they need to do to really stay in contention for the Champions League this year.’
Nevertheless, Louis van Gaal would certainly like his ex-national team captain to get back to the form which saw him top the league’s scoring charts over the 2012-13 campaign, when his 26 goals led United to their 20th title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge.