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Ferguson happy with RvP fitness and form

ESPN staff
April 4, 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson © Getty Images

Sir Alex Ferguson is unfazed by Robin van Persie's recent scoring drought, with the Manchester United boss insisting all forwards have dry spells.

Following a blistering start to the season in which the Dutchman bagged 22 goals before the end of January, Van Persie has netted just once since.

He has gone nine games without a goal in United colours, although he has been on target for Netherlands, and Ferguson admitted overnight that he may have to manage Van Persie's workload.

Ferguson's words suggested he was planning on handing Van Persie a rest, but he has moved to deny that in his press conference ahead of the Manchester derby with City on Monday.

"He does not need a rest, that's for sure," Ferguson said. "He is a strong lad with a great physique.

"It was a bit disappointing last week that the goal was not awarded to him, it took the deflection, but it was a fantastic shot.

"His ability to move and positioning was excellent. The goals will come, he is like all strikers who have dry spells and we hope it ends quickly.

"I remember I had a spell at the start of one season when I had a little knee injury and didn't score until October and I still ended up with 30-odd goals.

"You have to get through that period and not lose your faith and belief in yourself. My dad always used to say make sure you batter the ball when you're in there, don't tap it or try and side-foot the ball in the net, batter it.

"That's what I always tell strikers: when you get in the position make sure you hit it. If the goalkeeper saves it, you can say 'what a great save'. But if you try to side-foot it in and the keeper just catches it easily, you'll get criticised for that.

"It's just being sensible and realistic. Robin's shot last week could have come off any defender because it was hit so well and that's the right thing to do."

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