There’s no denying that Robin van Persie has been bang out of form for Manchester United all season.
The 31-year-old has performed just as poorly for the Netherlands during both of their international breaks so far this year and ever since suffering burn-out at the World Cup, Van Persie has really struggled to influence games like he used to.
Louis van Gaal has stayed loyal to the man who captained his side at the World Cup but given how poor he currently looks, maybe it’s best he start from the bench.
With that in mind, here’s a starting XI which sees James Wilson drafted into the first team instead of Van Persie. Maybe Van Persie just needs time but he looks so disinterested on the pitch at the moment that being left out could potentially help improve his mindset.
Van Gaal chose to let Danny Welbeck leave and kept Wilson in his squad instead which is indicative of his belief in the 18-year-old, so there’s no reason to suggest he can’t start him given that he trained with the first-team yesterday and came on against Everton as a substitute two weeks ago.