Manchester United spurned the chance to go second in the Premier League as Robin van Persie missed a penalty against West Bromwich Albion. The Dutchman's spot-kick, one of many missed chances, would have levelled the scores, after Chris Brunt had given the away side the lead with a deflected free-kick
Van Persie had a significant number of opportunities - 10 in fact - yet he failed to hit the back of the net. His goalless afternoon was in part due to the excellent form of opposition goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, but few would have expected the former Arsenal man to miss from the penalty spot; a moment that summed up his display.
He was Manchester United's best player in the first half, but failed to have an impact as Louis van Gaal shifted him into a deeper role during the second half. This was his first start after nine games out, so it is understandable that he was a little rusty. However, when a player of Van Persie's calibre is presented with so many chances, you would expect him to take advantage at least once.
|Goals||Total Shots||Shot Accuracy (%)||Shot Conversion (%)||Total Passes||Pass Completion (%)||Total Touches||Unsuccessful Touches||Mins Played|
|Robin van Persie||0||10||60||0||56||89||77||2||90|
He was able to impress in other areas - playing three key passes and winning two aerial duels, while completing 89% of his total attempts to find a teammate. However, his first touch let him down at times, and in the latter stages, his attitude became problematic. When forced to fall back into midfield he appeared moody and disinterested.
Following a disappointing season, and recent speculation linking him with an summer exit, the Dutchman's days at Manchester United are increasingly looking numbered. Should he fail to feature against Arsenal in two weeks' time, we may have just witnessed Robin van Persie's last ever game at Old Trafford; a notion that is unlikely to unsettle many of the club's fans.