Van Persie put in a poor performance, wildly slicing every effort wide of goal, before leaving the Liberty Stadium on crutches. Radamel Falcao was left on the bench and each of van Gaal’s strikers against Swansea have only one goal to their name in 2015, James Wilson has two.
On Friday, van Gaal said it ‘does not matter who is making the goals’ but it is an indicment of United’s attack that Ander Herrera has been the side’s biggest goal threat in their last two weeks.
Marouane Fellaini is also being used as nothing more than someone to hoof the ball to with over £100m worth of talent in van Persie, Rooney and Di Maria failing to score or create.
Rooney can be excused given he has been playing a midfield role since before Christmas but van Persie has managed one goal since Boxing Day whilst Falcao has scored once since his strike against Stoke on New Year’s Day.
Van Gaal may not be worried about his strikers but three previous world class strikers are looking forlorn and lacking confidence, van Persie’s performance at Swansea may be his worst in a red shirt to date.