Manchester United star Robin van Persie has hit out at those claiming that his advancing years are having an adverse effect on his form, according to the Daily Express.
The Dutchman has struggled to find the net frequently since Louis van Gaal’s appointment, with many fans perceiving that it’s down to the fact that he is 31-years-old. Despite having a good enough World Cup with Holland Van Persie only has six goals in 14 games across all competitions for United this season, with two of those coming in his last outing against Southampton.
However, the forward himself believes that he still deserves to be playing at the highest level, and took the time to express that he felt critics were perhaps being too harsh on him.
"It's a strange feeling...when you hit 30 and you're having a bad spell everyone says it's because you're 30 or 31 and things might be over for you.
"I don't think it's an age thing - I live a quiet life for my football and I'm almost convinced now that I will play for many years to come at the highest level, at least that's what I want and what I'm aiming for. The age thing is not an issue for me at all."
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"I live a quiet life for my football and I'm almost convinced now that I will play for many years to come at the highest level, at least that's what I want and what I'm aiming for. The age thing is not an issue for me at all"
If nothing else Van Persie’s relatively poor form - poor by his usual standards - has thrown up certain question marks over his future.
The arrival of Radamel Falcao this summer was seen as a warning that Van Gaal was serious about changing the face of his side in order to ensure it’s capable of competing at the highest level, and though the Colombia international has yet to find form in the Premier League, there are others threatening Van Persie’s position.
With Wayne Rooney having been made captain it stands to reason that he won’t be given the chop if changes are to be made, and youngster James Wilson is closing in on a first-team berth.
The Red Devils have also been heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani, although the Uruguay star will likely move to replace Falcao in the event that his loan-contract expires at the end of this season.
In any case Van Persie will be hoping he can rekindle the sort of rhythm that saw him notch 30 goals during his maiden season at Old Trafford. Before Van Gaal’s arrival he was tipped to prosper thanks to his relationship with the seasoned coach, but he’ll know he’s no longer guaranteed a place in the starting XI.