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Saturday 21 October 2017

Van Persie: Van Gaal is the best coach I have worked with

Holland and Manchester United striker says he has never had a manager like incoming Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal and reveals his training ground secrets

Robin van Persie has hailed the influence of Louis van Gaal
Robin van Persie has hailed the influence of Louis van Gaal

Robin van Persie says he has never had a relationship with a coach like the one he has with Holland manager and incoming Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman, who is favourite ahead of Wayne Rooney to replace Nemanja Vidic as the new United captain under his compatriot, has revealed the bond he has struck up with Van Gaal since the latter took charge of the Holland team in 2012.

"I never had a relationship with a coach like I have with Van Gaal - it's very special," Van Persie told The Sun. "We have had fantastic talks in the past two years. From minute one we got along well."

Van Persie, who will spearhead Holland's challenge at next month's World Cup, said training is very different to what he has been used to with club and country.

"Every training is very intense. He is on our backs every minute. There is no space to relax, he demands full focus," he said.

"We work very hard for a maximum one hour 15 minutes, never longer. But these 75 minutes are enormously intense.

"Everybody gets better. I see it every day now during the World Cup preparation. If you drop your focus for a few seconds, then 'Bam', there he is. He is typical Dutch - straight up, honest and clear.

"It is a different approach than I am used to, but I like it. Good is good, bad is bad. There is possibility to discuss his opinion, but he wants you to express yourself like he does. This approach gives me energy."

(Telegraph.co.uk)

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