Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes bad luck has been behind Robin van Persie’s slow start to the season.
The Netherlands international has scored just twice for United, putting him under pressure to retain his spot.
United captain Wayne Rooney returns from a three-game suspension for the Manchester derby, meaning Sunday’s clash against Chelsea could be Van Persie’s last chance.
Van Gaal said he expected the 31-year-old Van Persie to start scoring again.
“He’s a little bit unlucky, like against West Bromwich Albion when he shot with right foot – it was hard to believe that that shot stayed out of the goal,” he said.
“So a striker needs also a bit of luck and then the confidence is higher but he’s self-confident so I expect he shall score and maybe against Chelsea.”
Despite being under an injury cloud, Van Persie scored four goals at the World Cup as the Dutch finished third.