Robin van Persie is happy with his progress at Manchester United and feels much stronger than he did at the start of the season.
Van Persie was given an extended break by Louis van Gaal in order to fully recuperate after an intense summer at the World Cup with Holland and has slowly been finding his form for United.
His past couple of performances have shown Van Persie getting more involved and although his all-round game is still some way short of the standards he set himself back in 2012, he is happy to reflect on better times in order to improve now.
“I feel very good,” Van Persie told BT Sport.
“If I compare where I started in the first couple of weeks to where I am now and how I feel, it’s a big difference.
“Truth hurts sometimes. It’s not nice when you’re being confronted with the wrong image of yourself, you should look and be hard on yourself for the teams sake.
“I had to go back to two seasons ago when I had quite a good spell with goals and assists. When you are in a good vibe and phase, it is important to demand more of yourself.
“When you have that attitude I think it goes onto the other players as well.”
Reports suggest Van Persie is set to start as captain for United today against Everton and fans are hoping he can build on the positives from the game against West Ham last week with an even stronger performance alongside Radamel Falcao.
Van Gaal will give Van Persie all the time he needs to fully re-gain his match sharpness and a goal or two against Everton would certainly go some way to restoring his confidence.