Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted his countryman Robin van Persie had not had the best of games against his former club Arsenal, and so both would have been pleased with the striker's contribution against Hull City on Saturday.
Van Persie has come in for criticism in recent weeks, with some United fans suggesting James Wilson should take the Dutchman's place in the side while others have waited patiently for Radamel Falcao to regain his fitness.
But whatever you think of van Persie, the 31-year-old hit back at the critics this weekend with a fine performance for United, not only scoring a wonderful goal but also considerably improving his recent disappointing statistics.
|Goals||Shots||Shots on Target||On-target Shooting Accuracy||Passing Accuracy||Goal Assists||Mins Played|
|Robin van Persie||1||3||3||100%||95%||1||70|
Van Persie netted the final goal for United against the Tigers and he also set up Wayne Rooney for the second strike after Chris Smalling had opened the scoring.
But that was not all. The Dutchman had a 100 per cent on-target shooting accuracy with his three efforts, as well as enjoying an impressive 95 per cent passing accuracy.
In short the United forward had a very good game and if he can replicate that form in the weeks ahead Falcao may have quite the contest on his hands to earn a starting berth.