Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed that he confronted television pundit Robbie Savage for criticising his recent performances.
The Netherlands international got to speak to the former midfielder - who was part of Manchester United’s famed ‘Class of ’92’ before being released by the club - quite literally in the school playground.
However, after speaking with Savage, Van Persie says he can understand why the ex-Blackburn Rovers star was so damning with his assessment.
Van Persie reveals Savage chat
"My kids go to the same school as Robbie Savage, a great lad," Van Persie told reporters."I once asked him why he was so harsh in his judgments. He told me it had to do with the competition in the media landscape, between television stations.
"He admitted to sometimes judging harder than is reasonable but also that he has a mortgage to pay."
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Van Persie has been poor this season
In fairness to Savage, who works for BT Sport and the BBC, he is not the only respected pundit to have asked questions about Van Persie’s performances this season.
The 31-year-old, who earns £200,000-a-week, has struggled to hit top gear under Louis van Gaal - and has scored an average, if not slightly disappointing, three goals in his eight appearances.
Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, recently said that Van Persie must do better in terms of running into space - but insists the striker’s teammates must start doing more to help him.
“There's pressure on Van Persie, people want more from him,” Neville said on Monday Night Football. “He's got to do better in long situations and needs to make better runs. But his team-mates aren't finding him as much as [Paul] Scholes and [Michael] Carrick were two years ago.
“I called him a burglar before - he lives off back of centre-backs. The type of pass he wants is into space.
“In defence of Van Persie I don't think his team-mates are in synch as they were two years ago. Maybe Carrick coming back will help him.”