Manchester United striker Robin van Persie may be on the decline, but he can still teach some of the younger players in the team a thing or two.
Speaking to United’s official website, James Wilson explained what the Netherlands international brings to the team.
“His movement is definitely one of them (strengths) and the way he can change direction quickly,” said the 18-year-old striker.
“He can go towards the ball and then run in behind quite sharply so he can get away from the defender. Then he’s got the natural instinct to finish anyway.”
Van Persie is 31 years of age and is probably past his prime, but, as Wilson underlines, he still remains a class striker.
The former Arsenal star has not looked quite himself for the past year or so, but his natural finishing ability and experience is valuable to Louis van Gaal’s team.
Wilson is an up-and-coming striker who could do well to learn a few things from Van Persie. In fact, the England Under-20 international is doing just that.
“You can watch them (Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao and Van Persie) in the games and in training every day so you can just learn from them and then do what they do when you find yourself in the same situation,” he explained.