Van Persie: I needed the goal against Hull

The Manchester United star has come in for some flak in recent weeks, so was delighted to score against the Tigers.

It is fair to say that the most important goal scored in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Hull City was saved until the end, when Robin van Persie scored a screamer from the edge of the box.

The strike was Van Persie's first for four games, and was vital considering some had even discussed the prospect of dropping the former Arsenal star to give promising forward James Wilson a chance.

The player himself was honest with how important the goal was to him personally when interviewed after the game, and was quick to emphasise just how well he felt United played against Hull.

"I was glad to score - I needed that goal to be honest," admitted the Dutchman.

"We played really well, you could see that in way we passed the ball. Every week it gets quicker and better. Today it could have been 4-0 or 5-0."

Van Persie's manager Louis van Gaal also felt the striker had a strong game against Hull, telling reporters after the game: "Every striker needs a goal when they haven't scored for three or four matches. I am very pleased and happy with him for his goal, but he can still play better."

The challenge for Van Persie will now be proving that this goal is just the beginning of a goalscoring run that makes him undroppable by the United boss. Such a thing won't be easy given his injury record and age, while fellow attacking option Radamel Falcao also made his comeback by coming off the bench against the Tigers.

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