Paul Scholes has admitted he is very disappointed with how poor Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie’s relationship has been so far at Manchester United.
Both strikers have underperformed, just like Man United’s teams on the whole have recently, but having criticised a lack of risk taking by Louis van Gaal‘s side, Scholes made it clear he was not entirely happy with the performances of Man United’s strike duo which offers so much on paper.
“We come at last to the two strikers, Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao,” Scholes said in his weekly column.
“I feel they look like strangers at times, while Wayne Rooney is moved around the team to accommodate them.
“Wayne can play anywhere on the pitch. He is so willing, and he will give you at least a 7/10 performance most times. Against Burnley he ended up as a defensive midfielder. At other times he has been pushed out to the right-hand side where he will look for the strikers early or switch the play. But if Van Gaal does not think Rooney is a better option up front than the other two then there really is a problem.
“He has a fantastic goalscoring record for United, behind only Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law and yet against West Ham he did not have a single touch in the opposition’s box. That cannot be good for the team.”
As usual, Scholes’ cutting analysis is spot on. United’s lack of risk tasking with forward passes in attacking areas is fair because it was what Man United were famous for underneath Sir Alex.
Van Persie and Falcao have not been getting the service they deserve but they need to get their own act together as well because, both individually and as a partner, they simply haven’t been doing enough.