Michael Owen: These two Manchester United players need to pull their finger out

Michael Owen

Manchester United duo Robin van Persie and Juan Mata have come in for criticism from Michael Owen.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes Manchester United duo Robin van Persie and Juan Mata need to buck their ideas up and start performing, the Daily Star report.

Following the Red Devils’ huge spending spree last summer, many observers were particularly looking to watching United’s new star-studded forward line combine to devastating effect.

In Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, Juan Mata and Angel di Maria, United have the makings of their very own Galactico attack – and the envy of most in the Premier League.

However, this season despite a recent upsurge in form it just hasn’t happened for Louis van Gaal’s men as they’ve surprisingly struggled for goals in contrast with their direct rivals.

Speaking on BT Sport’s Football Tonight show, pundit Owen has revealed his bemusement at United's situation and pinpointed Robin van Persie and Juan Mata as players who need to contribute more.

“I don’t think any of the strikers are performing,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Star. “Robin van Persie has gone quiet, he’s scored the odd goal, but he’s not the player he was over the past few years.”

“I don’t necessarily blame the strikers as Manchester United aren’t creating loads and loads of chances.”

“If you’re not playing well throughout the team, you won’t score enough goals as the strikers aren’t getting enough chances.”

“The likes of Mata and Van Persie need to start doing more. Mata’s had a half-decent season, but I wouldn’t say I’m his biggest fan.

Van Persie has been one of United’s most-used players this season, starting 20 Premier League matches and topping the club’s scoring charts alongside Rooney with eight goals.

Mata, on the other hand, has started 17 league matches, scoring five goals but contributing with just three assists – the same number as Ander Herrera who has started a mere six matches this term.

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