Speaking ahead of the clash with Liverpool, Manchester United striker Robin van Persie says that he has returned to his premium physically, contributing to his recent excellent goal scoring form.
The 31-year-old struggled for form at the beginning of the season and came under heavy criticism from a number of observers for his apparent lack of movement and overall contribution.
This was highlighted in the 2-1 victory over his former club Arsenal where the Dutchman touched the ball a mere 13 times before being hauled off 15 minutes from time for youngster James Wilson.
Since then, however, van Persie has improved to contribute with three goals and an assist in the past three matches, his best run of form since the summer.
When asked on his recent goal splurge, the former Gunner explained that his return to full fitness has played a part before hinting that the so-called ‘World Cup hangover’ is now out of his system.
“I think everything starts with how you feel physically because when you’re feeling fit and healthy then you can do more. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling very well physically,” he told MUTV.
“I feel like I can make more runs and keep things going up until the last bit of the game. I feel good and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the goals are flowing in much better now.
“It was a hard start to this season. I don’t know what is to blame for that. It’s hard to maybe pick things up straight away after the World Cup.
“I have played five tournaments in total over the last few years – three European Championships and two World Cups and based on the moments after those tournaments the first period was always tougher even though I felt fine and fit. Somehow it can be tough to really get back to your best form.”
Van Persie has made 14 appearances in the Premier League this season, topping United’s scoring charts ahead of Wayne Rooney with six goals.
With the Reds in inconsistent form and struggling at the back, he will be hopeful of adding some more to his tally and leading his side to victory over their rivals.