Robin van Persie answered some of his critics with his best performance of the season against Southampton on Monday night.
The much maligned Manchester United forward has come under criticism even from his own manager in recent weeks but he won United supporters over with two goals which meant the team walked away from St. Mary’s with all three points and a fifth win on the bounce.
Van Persie perhaps wouldn’t have even been in the team lately had James Wilson not fallen ill and Wayne Rooney picked up a knee injury against Hull, but van Persie used his chance to perfection with a screamer against the Tigers and a brace against Southampton.
Both were true poachers goals, the Dutchman latched on to a poor pass back from Jose Fonte before nonchalantly flicking home Wayne Rooney‘s free-kick either side of Graziano Pelle’s equaliser.
But given the criticism levelled at him recently, United fans were in a forgiving mood come the final whistle.
Van Persie has looked short of pace, verging on immobile at times this season, looked the opposite tonight.
— Jake Knowles-Jenssen (@Jake_Jenssen) December 8, 2014
VanPersie has scored goals here and there BUT what I have been more interested in is his levels and link play. he was world class today
— NewsCarrier (@IamDAnderson91) December 8, 2014
We needed a reminder of what Van Persie's capable of. What a fucking fantastic player, I feel bad for doubting him.
— James Stretford (@Jamesstretford) December 8, 2014
Peak van Persie hold up play tonight to go with 2 match winning goals. Top performance!
— Vik (@IconicNumber7) December 8, 2014
Van Persie absolutely brilliant tonight
— Hoddy (@redhod99) December 8, 2014
— Finn (@FutbolFinn) December 8, 2014
With the team still not playing at their best and a key game against Liverpool up next, fans will be hoping their talisman is rediscovering form at the best possible time.
A win against Liverpool would make it six in a row and make sure van Gaal’s men go into the Christmas period full of confidence and on a good run of form.