Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes the team are improving despite their 2-1 defeat against Swansea City last weekend.
Goals from Ki Sung-yueng and Jonjo Shelvey condemned Man United to another loss away from home but United actually put in a good performance during the game.
One particular 20 minute period with the score at 1-1 saw United put Swansea under constant pressure and they were unlucky not to score when Marcos Rojo headed over from all of three yards.
However, after Shelvey netted what would be the winner, their momentum fell away and they never looked like getting an equaliser.
Speaking about the match, Scholes said: “Having been critical of United in recent weeks, I thought that despite losing to Swansea they played better.
“They had 18 goal attempts, which used to be the norm but that count has been much lower recently.
“Playing Rooney and van Persie as a striking partnership has to be the way forward for them now.”
Unfortunately for van Persie, he will be out of action for a while after suffering an ankle injury against the Swans.
His absence presents an opportunity to Radamel Falcao, who was benched for the game. Having suffered from an indifferent spell at Old Trafford so far, Falcao could benefit from a run in the team.
With a tough run of fixtures coming up fans will be hoping Falcao and United can improve their fortunes in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League, starting with Sunderland on Saturday.