After two more goals on Tuesday night secured another victory for Manchester United and maintained our course for Champions League knockout qualification, in-form striker, Robin van Persie, admitted that he is still not content with his performances.
Speaking in front of a packed media in Romania, Van Persie addressed his recent form since joining United and reflected on how he can improve.
“I am on a good run but I would like to do better,” Van Persie revealed to BBC Sport. “I would like to make more assists than I have. It is not only about goals. I think I am on the way [to settling in well]. I want to make more assists; I have made only one. I would like to improve that.”
United fans already delighted with the Dutchman’s start to his Old Trafford career will no doubt be pleased by the news Robin is looking to create more goals as well as score, but the way he is playing there really is no need to.
Sir Alex brought Van Persie to the club for a specific reason: to score goals. Eight strikes in 10 games proves the boss’ decision to spend £24m on the striker was correct, and it is clear that Robin is there to score rather than assist others.
Ferguson has smartly merged Van Persie into the squad, shifting Wayne Rooney to a deeper role to provide United’s midfield with the requisite bulk needed to stave off tough Premier League opponents.
Robin has proven he can hold the line up front on his own and with Rooney’s precision passing – exemplified in the two assists against Cluj – there is no reason for Van Persie to change his game.
The Dutchman’s prowess in front of goal has lifted United to 121/50 in the odds to win Premier League 2012-13. Meanwhile, local rivals, City, have some work to do if they hope to overturn their flagging form in Europe.