Man Utd striker van Persie low on confidence, admits van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that striker Robin van Persie is struggling for confidence in the wake of a disappointing performance against his former club Arsenal, writes BBC Sport.

The 31-year-old only managed 13 touches of the ball before being taken off midway through the second half in favour of youngster James Wilson, and having scored just three goals in 11 games this season, could lose his place in the side for Saturday’s game against Hull City, with Radamel Falcao available after injury.

The slump in form for van Persie has come as a surprise to many, given his previously strong working relationship with van Gaal while the United boss was in charge of the Dutch national team, but now his place in the team looks far from assured.

And van Gaal concedes that van Persie may be forced to sit a few games out to regain his sharpness. “You can count his touches on the ball and 13 is few for a striker,” said Van Gaal, before going on to hint that Wilson could be given his chance on Saturday.

‘You know how strikers are. They feel they have to score goals. But more important is how he is playing. It was a very bad game for him. That is why I changed him.’

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