Manchester United striker Robin van Persie admits he has to take some responsibility for the recent issues he and his team-mates are currently experiencing in front of goal.
Whilst the strikers have undoubtedly been hindered by Louis van Gaal‘s defensive tactics in order to shore up an uncertain defence, Van Persie believes he needs to start putting more of his chances away.
United have scored just five times in their last six games but Van Gaal has also been justified in his constant use of the unpopular 3-5-2 system with United, having not conceded more than once in a game since the start of October.
The team have kept a clean sheet in their last two games but didn’t register a single shot on target at home to Southampton and Van Persie wants that to change.
“Obviously we are not scoring enough goals, including me. I have to be honest,” Van Persie said.
“But if you look at [it] – I get chances every game. That is what makes me happy. I get one or two, sometimes three. When you look at the chance, for example, against Cambridge, I don’t think I can blame [Angel] Di Maria for the great pass or blame myself for the way I hit it.
“I am convinced that if we keep doing what we are doing, because we do create chances, if the strikers just take those chances that we are doing I think we have a chance of scoring again.
Van Persie was injured for the 2-0 win against QPR last wee but Radamel Falcao missed three good chances to add to his tally and both missed good chances against Cambridge to spare a replay whilst Juan Mata missed two superb chances in the defeat to Southampton.
He added: “I think everyone in the team is responsible. Everyone feels responsible. I do definitely. This year I have played something like 20  games and I have scored eight goals. I am not happy with that. I want to score more.
“I will do everything, every day in training and during the games I will keep doing what I have been doing for the last 10 years to make those goals. It makes so many people happy. Including me.”
Van Gaal’s unwillingness to favour attacking football seems to stretch back to the start of the season when United lost 4-0 at MK Dons and 5-3 at Leicester. Whilst United created chances for fun at the beginning of the season, Van Gaal will hope to ensure United get revenge against the Foxes with a defensive first approach this weekend.