Robin van Persie bagged two goals for Manchester United's U21 side against Fulham last night as the Dutch ace stepped up his recovery from injury.
The former Arsenal striker made his comeback as an 88th minute substitute in the 3-0 defeat against Everton over the weekend - his first game since he picked up an ankle injury against Swansea in February.
However it seems as though he's nearing his best after being given a run out for Manchester United's Under-21 side against Fulham at Craven Cottage last night. The 31-year-old bagged his first goal after just 13 minutes, finishing cooly after being played through by Andreas Pereira.
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Van Persie, who also hit the woodwork, then doubled his tally with ten minutes remaining after slotting past Magnus Norman to make it 4-0 and that proved to be his final action of the night as he was replaced by James Weir. The Cottagers were able to pull one back before the full-time whistle.
Youngster Joe Rothwell grabbed Manchester United's other two goals, while both Pereira and Adnan Januzaj starred at Craven Cottage.
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Van Persie's outing bodes well for the weekend game against West Brom at Old Trafford which Wayne Rooney could miss through injury. The England international could well be out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury if reports are to be believed, making Van Persie's return all the more timely.
Radamel Falcao could be handed one last chance to show what he can do at the weekend, although he's failed to find the back of the net having been handed a start against Chelsea and 45 minutes against Everton which could mean that Van Persie is put straight back in.
There have been some question marks over the Dutchman's future in recent weeks, with reports suggesting that boss Louis van Gaal could be looking to move him on. A host of top forwards including Edinson Cavani and Jackson Martinez have been linked with a move to Old Trafford recently, but Van Persie will reportedly ignore offers from Italy and Turkey and fight for his place at Manchester United next season.
It's good to see Van Persie back amongst the goals; he's missed Manchester United's last seven games and although their form has been good in that time with Rooney out he is needed more than ever.
It's easy to write him off because of his age and form this season but he deserves at least one more season to show if he has still got it.
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