Robin van Persie played the full game in Holland’s 2-0 loss against France last night and his performance mirrored his recent matches with Manchester United.
Lethargic and with very little movement, Van Persie was isolated in attack and offered little to help Holland overcome a powerful and energetic France. It was the same performance we have seen from Van Persie at United in the past few games, a player who has been a shadow of the 2012/13 striker..
Van Gaal decided to play Van Persie for 90 minutes against France and for a variety of reasons, it didn’t make any sense.
Van Persie missed training on Tuesday and was forced stay in bed because he was sick, so he was by no means 100% fit to face France. Also, in the build up to the game, Van Gaal indicated he may give others an opportunity because Van Persie’s spot at the World Cup is guaranteed, yet played him for the full match.
What Van Persie’s performance does tell us is that either his form with United has affected him mentally or that the problem is about more than just United, neither of which are really a good thing for the club. It’s all a bit of a mystery.
On his current form and fitness, Van Persie shouldn’t start against West Brom. United would be better off with Danny Welbeck’s movement which is what we need from a lone striker.
Last year, Van Persie was the first name on the team sheet but now, he has become dispensable (as has pretty much every other United player).
Do you think Robin van Persie should start against West Brom?