There has been a change in approach from Louis van Gaal towards Robin van Persie this week after he publicly criticised the striker for his poor performance against Arsenal. He’s not happy and rightly so, Van Persie has been two yards off the pace all season.
So, going into today’s game, James Wilson is surely going to make his first Premier League start under Van Gaal when United line up to face Hull this afternoon. If he doesn’t, Van Gaal will completely undermine himself:
“Nobody is walking back in my team, believe me. You have to earn it on the training ground,” Van Gaal said back in October.
“But every player here already knows that. I have always said that just because players have the best name, it doesn’t mean that they are the best for the team.
“I am always looking for a constant level of performance – from the team and from individual players.”
United have used Wilson’s brace against Hull City last year in the build up to today’s game and everybody wants to see him start against Hull.
Fans have made it clear who they want to start as well.
If Van Persie starts instead, it will have nothing to do with his performances and everything to do with walking into the team by his name alone.
The likes of Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett have shown Van Gaal he can have faith in United’s youngsters to perform and at a time when Van Persie is devoid of any confidence, there’s no way he should be selected ahead of Wilson today. If he does then fans will have every right to call into question the decision.