Statistic That Proves Van Persie Is Back To His Best
Robin van Persie fired a warning to rivals Liverpool ahead of Sunday's showdown. The Dutch striker seems to be hitting top form ahead of the Reds visit to Old Trafford and the stats back this up.
After Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal openly criticised the striker, Van Persie has since scored three goals in his last three games. After a brace away at Southampton on Monday, it appears that the forward is getting back to his best. The recent win propelled United to third in the league and the club are now high on confidence, having gone on a run of five successive victories.
The stats provided by Opta powered fantasy football game Oulala highlight the impact that Van Persie has had for United in their last three fixtures against Southampton, Stoke and Hull. RVP completed 70 minutes against Hull before two full 90 minute appearances against Stoke and Southampton, emphasising that the 31-year-old has now returned to full fitness.
In his 250 minutes of action over the last three games, Van Persie has netted three goals from five shots on target and also provided the assist for Wayne Rooney's first-half goal in United's 3-0 win over Hull. The striker has also completed five successful dribbles and has been fouled a total of nine times. Additionally, he has won 23 head-to-head battles - a 56% success rate.
Van Persie struggled with form at the beginning of the season but believes he is now past that and ready to shine.
On his recent performances, van Persie said "I've been felling very well over the last couple of weeks. Physically I can make my runs over and over again.
“I can play 90 minutes easy. The goals, assists, wins will come.
"The next game is Liverpool, so we're looking forward to that . We have to keep the momentum going."
The stuttering Liverpool side that were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday go to Old Trafford to face a Manchester United team that is enjoying an excellent run of form.
Van Persie has faced Liverpool 15 times during his career which has included six wins, four draws and five losses. Of those games, 12 of those appearances came in the Premier League, in which he scored all his six goals against the Reds.