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Manchester United Boss Defends Misfiring Striker, Claiming He’s Been ‘Unlucky’

Louis van Gaal is hopeful that striker Robin van Persie will start finding the net again soon…

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has backed struggling striker Robin van Persie to rediscover his goalscoring touch, despite having only found the net twice so far this season.

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Reports on Goal.com explain that the Dutch international is under pressure to retain his place in the team, with Radamel Falcao and captain Wayne Rooney the other striking options at the club’s disposal.

As the source explains, Rooney returns from a three-game suspension for the Manchester derby, meaning that Sunday’s clash against Chelsea could be Van Persie’s last chance to keep hold of his starting spot, but Van Gaal expects the 31-year-old to get back to scoring ways.

He told the press of the forward: “He’s a little bit unlucky, like against West Brom when he shot with right foot – it was hard to believe that that shot stayed out of the goal.

“So a striker needs also a bit of luck and then the confidence is higher but he’s self-confident so I expect he shall score and maybe against Chelsea.”

Van Gaal also backed the injury-prone centre forward to keep his fitness: “I think he is more fit than ever,” Van Gaal continued. “He doesn’t score so much. In the Dutch team he has scored more than now for Manchester United and then he was not so fit as now.

“That’s remarkable but he scored in [almost] every game for me in the World Cup in spite of maybe his 80 per cent fitness. He scored four goals out of six games and then also a penalty so maybe now he is playing better but doesn’t score as much.

“Every striker has to be at the attacking point. He has to play with the other 10 players. That is also important. That he is now doing better than in Dutch team.”

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