Robin van Persie has someone to blame for his below par season at United and Louis van Gaal is that person. The Dutchman said he wasn’t given a chance to prove his fitness by the head coach of United.
The 31-year-old who helped Manchester United to their 20th EPL trophy fell out of favor under van Gaal during his first season in charge at the Old Trafford.
RVP only appeared four times for the Red Devils during the last three months of the campaign after aggravating an ankle injury in February. He revealed that he started to worry when van gaal didn’t bring him on against Chelsea when United were losing 1-0 in April.
“That was one of the first signals things weren’t going in the right direction,” he told the Sunday Times.
“I asked to play in the reserves, to get my minutes, but after was on the bench again. The atmosphere changed between me and Louis and people at the club saw it, but I was always professional. At that point I didn’t think to leave. [Van Persie’s wife] Bouchra was happy. The kids were happy. I was happy in Manchester.
“But I was still thinking we could come back from holiday and start from scratch. He had changed his mind about me before. When he took over Holland he said to me ‘You’re the No 3 striker.’ I was ‘O…K…’ but I fought and became the No 1 and his captain.
“But when I came back, it wasn’t an honest battle any more. Fighting to get back in the team wasn’t given me as an option. He was sending me to Pitch Two. And I’m a mature player. I’m not stupid. I didn’t get angry or emotional. These things are part of football, part of life. You have to make the best out of any situation so I’m doing this by moving on.
“I know Louis as a national team coach and now I get to know him as a club coach. And there is a difference.”