Robin van Persie felt he was back in business after capping Manchester United’s convincing 3-0 win over Hull at the weekend with a superb final goal.
The Dutchman struck for the first time in a month as he netted United’s third in a one-sided Premier League encounter at Old Trafford.
Van Persie’s form had been the subject of heavy scrutiny ahead of the game after an ineffectual display in the previous week’s win at Arsenal.
It was thought the 31-year-old could even lose his place with Radamel Falcao fit again after injury.
But manager Louis van Gaal kept faith with his compatriot and was rewarded as Van Persie wrong-footed James Chester on the edge of the area and rifled a left-footed shot into the roof of the net.
“If you score a goal like that it gives you confidence and the team, and if I am really honest I needed that,” said Van Persie, who also teed up United’s second goal for Wayne Rooney.
“You just have to keep working and those goals, or any goals, will come.”
United have now won three in succession in the league for the first time under Van Gaal, who described the performance as the most satisfying of his time in charge. The only obvious downside was the loss of record signing Angel di Maria early on with a hamstring injury. The Argentinian will be assessed but Van Gaal has already ruled him out of Tuesday night’s clash with Stoke.
The Dutchman accpets he will not see much of his family during the festive season which could include four games in nine days, depending on FA Cup fixtures.
The 63-year-old said: “I am not happy but I cannot change it, because I don’t think it is good for the players that they play within two days of a match – two matches in two days. In December it shall be like that.”