Sir Alex Ferguson has rubbished suggestions that Robin van Persie is suffering the effects of burn-out and refuted speculation that the 29-year-old forward was in need of a rest.
The early season form has deserted the Dutchman in his most barren scoring run for years and it is now nine games since van Persie’s last league strike goal Everton.
But Ferguson has backed van Persie to turn it around in the run-in, hopefully starting with a goal against Manchester City on Monday.
“He doesn’t need a rest that’s for sure, he’s a strong lad with great physique,” Ferguson said.
“The goals will come, all strikers have dry spells and you hope it ends quickly, it’s part of being a striker.”
Van Persie, who recently admitted he wants to end his career at United following a controversial £24 million move from Arsenal in the summer, has certainly looked off the pace in recent games and despite an impressive showing for Holland during the international break, his place in the starting XI could be under threat for the Manchester derby.
While dropping his star striker would be a huge call, Sir Alex Ferguson is known for springing surprises in big games with the hard-working Welbeck or the lethal Chicharito both alternatives to partner Wayne Rooney in attack, who will surely start given his good form of late.
Ferguson does have an admirable habit of sticking with his players though and van Persie’s contribution over the course of the season, as well as the 3-2 win at the Etihad last year, will likely see him start.
The 71-year-old Scot felt van Persie was unlucky to have his goal taken away from him against Sunderland and it perhaps seems written in the stars that the 29-year-old will finally break his duck on the big occasion.