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The Guardian Dec 13, 2014
Louis van Gaal admits lack of alternatives saved Robin van Persie

Louis van Gaal admits lack of alternatives saved Robin van Persie

• Manchester United manager came close to dropping striker• Van Persie was lucky to keep his place despite dip in form• Barney Ronay: A rivalry for once detached from the title raceLouis van Gaal has revealed he came close to dropping Robin van Persie when his form dipped earlier in the season, and described his striker as a “lucky boy” to have kept his place in the Manchester United team.Van Persie scored both goals in United’s last win, a rather flattering 2-1 victory at Southampton, and Van Gaal said he was very happy to see him back in form. Yet around the time United were...
Robin van Persie: Man United striker admits start to the season was 'hard'

Robin van Persie: Man United striker admits start to the season was 'hard'

Dutch striker has come in for criticism this season but feels his two Premier League goals at Southampton could prove to be a turning point.
Stats focus: Van Persie back to his best ahead of Liverpool clash

Stats focus: Van Persie back to his best ahead of Liverpool clash

The Dutchman was recently criticised for his performances by Louis van Gaal but appears to be returning to top form again.
Pictured: Man Utd star Robin van Persie out to lunch with wife Bouchra

Pictured: Man Utd star Robin van Persie out to lunch with wife Bouchra

Manchester United striker celebrates his double against Southampton on Monday night with a bit of lunch with wife Bouchra in Hale.
Van Persie: Man United fans bouncing again

Van Persie: Man United fans bouncing again

Manchester United striker says the Reds fans at Southampton reminded him of 'the old days'.
The Guardian Dec 9, 2014

Manchester United were lucky against Southampton, says Louis van Gaal – video

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gives his reaction after beating Southampton 2-1 at St Mary's Stadium on Monday night. United are now third in the Premier League, but Van Gaal says his team did not perform as well as he expected them to. He says striker Robin van Persie had a major influence on the result
You got away with murder, Neville tells United - but Van Persie insists Van Gaal's men are on the way up

You got away with murder, Neville tells United - but Van Persie insists Van Gaal's men are on the way up

Dutch striker insists United are on the up after his double secures fifth straight win
The Guardian Dec 8, 2014
Manchester United’s makeshift defence survives Southampton whirlwind | James Riach

Manchester United’s makeshift defence survives Southampton whirlwind | James Riach

Louis van Gaal’s back line came under extreme pressure at St Mary’s but the visitors emerged with three big points• Match report: Southampton 1-2 Manchester UnitedThis was the first match in Premier League history where two Dutchmen have presided in the dugout and, while total football may have been lacking, Manchester United benefited from two Robin van Persie strikes on a night when questions over their defence returned. It had been billed as a battle between Louis van Gaal and Ronald Koeman but it was another of their compatriots who delivered the crucial blows here.Van Persie’s...
The Guardian Nov 29, 2014
Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal lifted by win amid more injury woe

Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal lifted by win amid more injury woe

• Robin van Persie finds form in Manchester United win over Hull• Ángel Di María out of Stoke game with hamstring injury• Match report: Manchester United 3-0 Hull CityLouis van Gaal praised his Manchester United side for finally dominating “from first minute to last” in their 3-0 win over Hull at Old Trafford as Robin van Persie, who was questioned by the manager beforehand, responded with a superb 66th-minute strike to seal victory.The success came at a price, though, as a suspected hamstring injury suffered by Ángel di María ruled him out of Stoke’s visit on Tuesday evening,...
The Guardian Nov 29, 2014
Manchester United 3-0 Hull City | Premier League match report

Manchester United 3-0 Hull City | Premier League match report

Manchester United turned in their best performance of the season on a near-perfect day for the nascent Louis van Gaal project.The caveat was the sight of Ángel Di María pulling up injured and Wayne Rooney requiring treatment at the close. Yet an outing featuring a slice of goalscoring redemption for Robin van Persie, a first appearance for Radamel Falcao in nearly six weeks and a third consecutive victory for the first time under Van Gaal should hardly be grumbled at.

Fans XI: Herrera to return against Hull, Falcao replaces Van Persie

MEN Sport readers hope to see a number of changes from the team that face Arsenal when United take on Steve Bruce's side.
The Guardian Nov 28, 2014
Robin van Persie may lose Manchester United place after dip in belief

Robin van Persie may lose Manchester United place after dip in belief

• Striker touched the ball only 13 times during 2-1 win at Arsenal• Louis van Gaal: ‘It’s a question of confidence’• James Wilson may replace Van Persie though Falcao is fitRobin van Persie faces an anxious wait to discover if he has lost his Manchester United place after Louis van Gaal broke with his usual policy of not discussing the striker’s deterioration to accept his player was “very bad” in their last game and was suffering from his first sustained spell of damaged confidence since joining the club.Van Persie, the outstanding footballer in the Premier League two...
Van Persie had a 'very bad game' at Arsenal - Van Gaal

Van Persie had a 'very bad game' at Arsenal - Van Gaal

Manchester United manager criticises Dutch striker amid calls for James Wilson to replace him in the starting line-up.
The Guardian Nov 28, 2014
Louis van Gaal: Robin van Persie has to fight for Manchester United place

Louis van Gaal: Robin van Persie has to fight for Manchester United place

• Pressure grows as Radamel Falcao nears return from injury• Falcao and Marcos Rojo could make squad against Hull• The Rumour Mill: Van Persie off to Internazionale?Louis van Gaal has warned Manchester United striker Robin van Persie he will have to fight for his place as the Dutch manager prepares to welcome Radamel Falcao back to his squad.Van Gaal is hoping the injury-hit Colombian can finally display the qualities that have made him one of the most feared strikers in world football – which is seen to be especially important for United with Van Persie struggling for form.
Man United transfer gossip: Falcao rejected as Reds pursue Cavani, Mancini in for Van Persie

Man United transfer gossip: Falcao rejected as Reds pursue Cavani, Mancini in for Van Persie

Louis van Gaal is reportedly ready to cut short Radamel Falcao's stay at Old Trafford, while Robin van Persie is attracting interest from Serie A.

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