Van Persie: Manchester United are not scoring enough goals


Manchester United striker Robin van Persie hasn’t been up to standard in front of goal but admits he is ready to turn his form around by scoring goals in the second half of the season.

The Red Devils haven’t been scoring goals which is unlike the 20 times Premier League champions and the Dutchman also agrees that himself and his team-mates haven’t been clinical in front of goal.

Van Persie has only scored eight times this season in all competitions under Louis van Gaal and United have failed to score in three of their last six matches including their most recent tie in the FA Cup against League Two side Cambridge United.

But, Van Persie says the Reds have to find their goal scoring form soon enough and has promised he will start hitting the back of the net again.

“We are not scoring enough goals, including me,” he told reporters. “I have to be honest. At the moment, it is not enough. I know that. I will do everything I can to improve that.

“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, we have a chance of scoring again.

“How many chances do strikers get in games – one or two? So you have to take them. It is a very thin line between winning a game 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 or drawing or losing because it is just based on those little chances. If you take them or not. If we did we could have won 4-2, 3-1, 3-0 against Cambridge.”

The Dutch striker isn’t happy with his goal scoring ratio this term and says he feels responsible for chances which he has missed.

“Everyone in the team is responsible. Everyone feels responsible. I do definitely. This year I have played 20 games and I have scored eight goals. I am not happy with that. I want to score more,” Van Persia added.

“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.

“In my last couple of games I didn’t score. But again, can I really blame myself for that? I am always asking myself that question. Against Spurs (On December 28 at White Hart Lane) for example there was that ball from Carrick and I had one touch, another touch and another. I went to finish with my right leg. Normally, nine out of 10 keepers will make a move and it will be a goal. But not that day.

“Like I said, if I scored that goal it could have happened and we would have won the game. Then we are having a very different conversation. It is a very thin line.”


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