Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Robin van Persie Is Only Warming Up, Warns Ferguson



Robin van PersieHitman Robin van Persie may have netted seven goals in his first nine games for Manchester United but the Premier League has been warned he is just getting warmed up.

The Dutchman failed to net in the 3-0 win at Newcastle on Sunday, when his 'elbowing' of Yohan Cabaye caught the headlines instead of his goal scoring talents.


But inside Old Trafford they are convinced there is still plenty more to come.
 
He barely got in any pre-season action due to the protracted nature of his departure from the Emirates.

And the dedicated striker is trying to make up for lost time by demanding extra sessions with the club's sports science team.

Boss Alex Ferguson says he can see the benefits of that extra work with every training session.

And he is licking his lips at the prospect of seeing a fully fit 
van Persie taking on the Premier League alongside Wayne Rooney.

Fergie said: "In his first games he was short of fitness and sharpness. His training sessions are getting better all the time.

"He is doing a lot of work after training with the sports science people, he asked for it because he knows he has to make-up time because he missed pre-season training.

"He doesn't carry weight but nonetheless you need four or five games pre-season. The other players had that, but he only had 20 minutes against Hamburg.

"He has been good that way in training, I think he is a good pro actually, looks after himself."

And once van Persie gets going, his boss is looking forward to a United goal fest.

He expects the Dutch striker and Rooney to snatch 20 goals each, and he is also expects one of his back up men to hit the magic figure.

That would take the total figure of goals from his strikers to over 60 - a figure he reckons will put the Reds on course for a league title.

He added: "If you go back to the season before last, Dimitar Berbatov scored 20-21 goals, Chicharito scored 22 and Rooney scored 30-something.

"That was perfect, wasn't it. Two players there who took a load off of Rooney in that respect.

"I don't think it matters that much who gets the goals now. I think Rooney will start scoring soon, once he gets a few games back. We know that; his track record tells you that each year he gets better with his finishing.

"I think Rooney will explode again soon.

"Van Persie is now 29 and that has brought maturity to him and he has had a great start, seven goals.

"If I get him and Wayne and possibly one of the other strikers, Welbeck or Chicharito, get to around 20, we are in business."

Watch Robin van Persie being unveiled by Manchester United:


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