Robin van Persie has pinpointed the fact that Manchester United did not boast a 20-goal-a-season forward last season as the reason for them failing to do better than a fourth-placed finish.
In quotes relayed by the Daily Express the Dutch international admitted that people cannot believe he only managed to find the back of the net 10 times in the Premier League, insisting that he and his fellow strikers must do more in the next campaign if they are to bridge the gap between themselves and title-winners Chelsea.
Need for goals
Indeed it was a lacklustre term from United’s frontline all things considered, with Wayne Rooney also only managing 14 goals during a season wherein the Red Devils struggled to strike fear into opposition defences.
"I was the club's second highest goal scorer together with Juan Mata and behind Wayne Rooney (14 goals)," Van Persie said.
"It's not good that a top club like Manchester United does not have a scorer with 20 or more goals behind his name each season and that is why we only finished fourth."
It goes without saying that the former Arsenal captain himself will be hoping for a brighter season next year, particularly since speculation over his long-term suitability to staying at Old Trafford has now picked up.
Van Persie himself declared only earlier on today that he might have to re-evaluate his position at United if he isn’t guaranteed game-time during Van Gaal’s second campaign at the helm, and there’s sure to be no shortage of clubs wanting to take him.
Currently earning £250,000-a-week playing for United it’s safe to assume Van Persie will want to stay if he can, though whether or not fans deem him good enough still to be the 20-goal-a-season man he purports the club needs remains to be seen.
Changes to the strikeforce
One thing’s for sure and that’s that Van Gaal’s frontline is going to see more changes this summer. Radamel Falcao is set to return to AS Monaco following his disappointing loan spell, whilst Javier Hernandez isn’t likely to receive a hero’s welcome when he gets back from his time at Real Madrid and it looks like Van Gaal likes to play Rooney in midfield.
With the young James Wilson also knocking on the door Van Persie will be all too aware that he has to perform if he’s to simply keep a place in the squad, let alone try and win trophies, and that task could be made even more difficult if Van Gaal decides to dip into the transfer market and try and buy in talent.
Manchester United fans, is Van Persie right? Is all that’s stopping you from success the addition of a prolific goalscorer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.