Both Robin van Persie and young James Wilson started against Stoke City last night, with the latter getting the nod ahead the injured Wayne Rooney and the returning to fitness Radamel Falcao. Many expected Robin van Persie to put in a better performance after scoring against Hull, but sadly that wasn’t the case whatsoever.
Robin van Persie returned to that bereft of confidence figure who hardly touched the ball throughout the 90 minute match. He lacked energy, desire and drive, and struggled to make any impact on the match whatsoever.
Its disappointing because under the guidance of one of his favourite coaches and friends in Louis van Gaal, you expect so much more from ‘The Flying Dutchman’, and unfortunately he hasn’t provided that.
With him being so close to Louis van Gaal on a personal level, you reckon that our manager is prepared to give him that extra chance that other managers wouldn’t do. Last night was the first example of that, as James Wilson was probably unfairly subbed off for Radamel Falcao instead of the Dutchman.
James Wilson was the total opposite to Robin. He ran his socks off, hounded down the Stoke City defenders on numerous occasions and kept the game flowing. There was a moment in the game where James Wilson used pure speed and determination to beat a couple of Stoke defenders before firing narrowly wide. Yes, he could’ve squared it to Van Persie for an easy tap in, but Robin did the same earlier on in the match.
The 19-year old striker was the far better performer out of the two. He kept going, and caused a much-deserved booking for Steven Ireland when he once again used his pace to break away, before being cynically scythed down by the former City player.
James Wilson simply has to start against Southampton, and preferably alongside fellow Englishman Wayne Rooney. The combination of pace, power, and drive will compliment each other well, and its a duo that when combined with Angel di Maria would work wonderfully on the counter attack at tricky away days – similarly to how it worked at Arsenal.
James Wilson is the future of this club, and although we all know Louis van Gaal has ‘big balls’ from his time at Bayern Munich. He now has to show it by giving James Wilson the nod ahead of Robin van Persie.
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