Louis van Gaal’s warning to Manchester United star

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie offered little during the recent victory over Arsenal.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has warned Robin van Persie to increase his effort and involvement during matches or be prepared to sit out.

The Dutch international was one of the key performers at the World Cup and enjoyed unrivalled success under van Gaal’s stewardship in Brazil.

Performances under the former Barcelona coach at club level, however, have been quite some different as the 31-year-old looks out of sorts for the Red Devils.

  Goals GAMEShots GAMEKey Passes GAMETouches GAMEAccurate Passes GAMEDispossessed GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Wayne Rooney 0.44 3 1.56 68.33 43.44 1.44 9 779
Robin van Persie 0.27 2.36 1.27 30.45 15.55 1.73 11 923

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Arsenal star’s lack of involvement is illustrated in comparison to the busier Wayne Rooney.

Aside from his lack of attacking potency, Van Persie has only averaged 30.45 touches per Premier League outing and completed just 15.55 passes – an alarmingly low figure on both accounts.

Speaking ahead of United’s clash with Hull City on Saturday, Van Gaal told reporters that his striker’s display at Arsenal wasn’t good enough and warned that he has to contribute more to the team.

“I do think 13 [touches against Arsenal] is too few for a striker,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror. “You can count his touches of the ball.”

“More importantly is how he is playing and it was a very bad game from him. That is why I changed him.

"I believe in the players, so when I change players it is normally because they are doing something not good in their performance.

“I have said to them you have to be at an attacking point. You have to help our team come and search for space. For me, it is not important who is scoring, as long as the team score.”

Since joining the Old Trafford outfit from rivals Arsenal, Van Persie has netted 51 goals in 84 matches in all competitions.

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