Manchester United boss wants Robin van Persie to fight for place

Van Persie struggling for form ahead of United’s match against Hull

Manchester United boss wants Robin van Persie to fight for place

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November 28th, 2014

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Radamel Falcao is back from injury and it means that Louis van Gaal has a spate of attacking options ahead of Saturday’s clash against Hull City.

Manchester United have been far from convincing this season, although they have wormed their way into the top four of the Premier League and Van Gaal now wants his team to improve performance-wise.

Robin van Persie cut a distant figure at the Emirates on Saturday despite United winning the game 2-1 and his Dutch manager admits that the forward is fighting for his place now that Falcao is back in the squad.

Van Gaal said: “Every player in my selection has to fight for his position and I shall always take the best of the players and it must also be suitable for the mix of players. So it is also an obligation of a player that he does that.

“We have to wait and see until the last training session of course,” Van Gaal said. “It’s always difficult to say but we have good news, yes. You have to read between the lines.

“I have to train the last session and I live day by day at this moment. So maybe Falcao can come back in the 18 [matchday squad], maybe Rojo can come back in the 18.

“When you see how our preparation was, how many injuries, then it was a very big test and after the heavy opponents we are still fourth so I’m happy,” said Van Gaal, who is still missing Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Rafael da Silva. We have to be at least fourth at the end of the league and not now. Now is not so important. We have to improve our playing style and beat our opponents more easily.”

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