Thursday 23 October 2014

Moyes has no issues with Van Persie after striker's 'space' blast

Graham Chase

Published 08/03/2014 | 02:30

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United in action during a first team training session, ahead of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match against Olympiacos, at Aon Training Complex on February 24, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
Reports have suggested Robin van Persie has grown increasingly unhappy at Manchester United
David Moyes the Manchester United manager
David Moyes the Manchester United manager

David Moyes insists he has no issues with Robin van Persie and has full confidence in the Dutchman's partnership with Wayne Rooney at Manchester United.

Moyes, whose side face West Brom this afternoon at the start of a key run of matches, maintains he is not concerned about an interview Van Persie gave to a Dutch broadcaster in the wake of last week's 2-0 Champions League defeat at Olympiakos.

The United manager says that quotes about Van Persie's team-mates occupying his space and making it difficult for him were not given their full context.

Throughout his first season at Old Trafford, Moyes has consistently denied suggestions of tension in his relationship with Van Persie and reports of the Dutchman's supposed unhappiness at United's training methods.

DISSATISFIED

The issue of Van Persie's long-term future was raised again this week with former Holland international Ronald de Boer suggesting the striker is dissatisfied and could leave this summer if United do not make significant investment in the transfer market.

Moyes chose not to respond to those claims, but, having travelled back from France with Van Persie after watching the Netherlands lose 2-0 in Paris in midweek, is keen to stress there are no problems with the former Arsenal man.

He said: "I travelled back from the game with him the other night. I went to the game in Holland, watched them play and I travelled back with him. I hardly feel I need to answer the question because I don't know how to answer it."

Asked if he had concerns about Van Persie's comments after the Olympiakos match, Moyes added: "None whatsoever. If you actually read it, I understand totally where he was coming from."

But the defeat in Athens was a second in five games since the partnership was resumed and the pair shared only five passes – with three coming at kick-offs – against Olympiakos.

Moyes added: "The record with the two of them in the team was fantastic, so I was talking up how good they were playing together a month ago and only in the last couple of games has that gone.

"We didn't play well at Olympiakos, but prior to that we'd done well at Palace, drawn at Arsenal – it was that one game that dragged that up."

After today's trip to The Hawthorns, United host Liverpool in the Premier League, have the return leg against Olympiakos, travel to West Ham and then have a home game against Manchester City.

They have lost six matches since the turn of the year, as well as being beaten on penalties in the League Cup semi-finals by Sunderland.

But Moyes, who has written to season-ticket holders to thank them for support in a "difficult season," has dismissed the suggestion that some of his players were not playing for him against Olympiakos.

He said: "I don't know if that's the right thing, not playing for me. I think they definitely do, so I don't accept that.

"I've been honest with the players and the media, tried to be straight as I can, I've done it with the supporters. We need to play better. I think Olympiakos was the poorest we've played.

"That was disappointing, but we will improve from that and we will be better.

"We've got a big month coming up. We have three big home games, one of them is the Champions League game. It is a big month for us, but I think they have been used to that here.

"We had a bad night and we all take responsibility for that. I refute that was the worst night or all those sort of things.

"We didn't play well, we said that honestly and we know we have to do much better.

"The players are aware of that and we will have to do better in the coming months."

Moyes will not take the captaincy away from Nemanja Vidic, despite Inter Milan announcing the defender will join them in the summer. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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