Robin van Persie has admitted that expectations are higher at Manchester United than at other clubs, as he confirms his disappointment at his goal-scoring return this season.
The Dutch forward, speaking to The Guardian, looked back over a miserable campaign in which he managed only 10 goals for Louis van Gaal’s side.
Now 31, and with only one year left on his current deal, the striker has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford. Van Gaal is believed to be considering selling the striker, particularly having already reinforced his offensive options with the acquisition of Memphis Depay.
Van Persie has admitted that his strike rate last term was inadequate, but claimed that he relishes the pressure of having to raise his game to the Red Devils’ standards.
“That’s at least seven goals short but I think it’s a compliment people don’t accept it,” he began, speaking to The Guardian.
“Manchester United is a beast and that has two sides. Manchester United is viewed and followed by more people than at other clubs, and also more media. I have to deal with that. I made that choice and must accept the consequences,”
The striker’s comments could be construed as a veiled attack on his former club Arsenal, with the striker intimating that his decision to opt for Old Trafford over the Emirates Stadium was a decision that has increased scrutiny onto his subsequent striking deficiencies.
RVP’s 10 goals this season is a marked decline on the 18 goals he scored during David Moyes’s ill-fated reign and the 30 he managed during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final title-winning campaign.