Neville: Michael Carrick can help Robin van Persie get back to his best

Former United captain comments on under fire Manchester United striker.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has given his perspective on striker Robin van Persie.

A week on from scoring a crucial equaliser against Chelsea, he failed to net against City, and questions over his inconsistent form have resurfaced.

Neville however has refused to jump on the bandwagon, criticising the Dutchman, instead insisting he needs more support around him.

Speaking to SkySports Monday Night Football, Neville went onto identify Michael Carrick's return to the side as a big plus point for Van Persie.

He said: "He needs to do a lot more. I don't think his teammates are in sync with him as they were two years ago.

"I wonder whether Michael Carrick coming back will help that. I think with Aguero you see a striker who is in top form but whose teammates know where to find him at every opportunity.

"United need to do a little bit more of that."

Neville highlighted a passage of play against City in his analysis, in which Marouane Fellaini was through on goal, but was unable to pick out Van Persie's arching run.

Wayne Rooney and Van Persie have never linked up particularly well, barring one game at home to Aston Villa in the title winning 2012/13 season. Juan Mata's failure to establish any real kind of partnership with the Dutchman is also a mark against him.

Michael Carrick coming back into the side will help Van Persie, but the problem is in the short-term, he looks set for a role at centre-back due to the ongoing injuries and suspensions in defence.

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