Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says striker Robin van Persie dealt with criticism aimed his way in the best possible way by finding the net against Hull City on Saturday.
As fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal joined the Red Devils as manager in the summer, many observers were tipping van Persie to bounce back from a frustrating previous campaign in style.
Such predictions were as a result of his fabulous goalscoring antics under the former Bayern Munich coach for the Dutch national team as well as the ensuing success at the World Cup in Brazil.
The so-called deadly Dutch partnership, however, has yet to flourish this season as the former Arsenal man endured a difficult opening period, firing in just three Premier League goals before Saturday.
Aside from his lack of goals, the 31-year-old striker’s general team participation has been on the wane prompting the purported experts to throw heavy criticism his way.
Yet, like all good strikers, van Persie proved his worth over the weekend by firing in a sumptuous goal in United’s 3-0 win over Hull City, a strike Carrick claims will have certainly silenced his critics.
“Strikers go through a spell and sometimes they just want a scrappy goal and are off and running again,” he said, quoted by the Mirror. “But Robin scored a great goal and hopefully that will be the start of a good run over the weeks to come.”
“Players get criticised, we all get criticised at certain times and it’s something you have to deal with. The best way to answer it is the way he did it against Hull. It was a terrific goal. It was half a chance really. It wasn’t a clear chance and he rifled it in.”
After missing the opening day loss at home to Swansea City, van Persie has started all 12 of United’s subsequent Premier League matches.
The imminent return to full fitness of teammate Falcao could however put his spot in the XI at risk, depending on whether van Gaal feels the duo can be accommodated alongside skipper Wayne Rooney.