Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has hit back at claims he is coming to the end of his career and believes he is nearing his top form after a difficult start to the season.

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Southampton v Manchester United - Barclays Premier LeagueVan Persie came under intense criticism after struggling to find his form for club and country at the start of the season, but the 31-year-old has now netted three goals in his last three matches.

Speaking to MUTV, Van Persie spoke of his difficulty to adjust after the World Cup this summer, but he believes he is nearing his top form, and that he can continue at the highest level for years to come.

Van Persie said, “When you hit 30 and you’re having a bad spell everyone say it’s because you’re 30 or 31 and things might be over for you,”

“I live a quiet life for my football and I’m almost convinced now that I will play for many years to come at the highest level, at least that’s what I want and what I’m aiming for. The age thing is not an issue for me at all.”

“It was a hard start to this season. It’s hard to maybe pick things up straight away after the World Cup.

“It can be tough to really get back to your best form, but over the past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling very well physically.

“I feel like I can make more runs and keep things going up until the last bit of the game. I feel good and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the goals are flowing in much better now.”

The Netherlands captain has netted six goals in 14 appearances for Manchester United this season.

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