Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
After a hectic FIFA World Cup schedule, Robin van Persie has earned a deserved break. According to reports, the new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal – who also coached the Netherlands team during the Brazil World Cup, has granted van Persie a three-week off.
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Popularly known as RVP to his fans, Robin led the Netherlands to a third-place finish in Brazil. The skipper started six of Oranje’s seven games in the tournament but missed the Chile fixture after getting two bookings in the first two matches. However, after four goals, including that flying header against Spain which set the tone of the group stage, he returned as one of the heroes in Holland.
“The World Cup has been heavy going for me. I gave everything I had in every single game. That was it - I had nothing left. We worked really hard at the finals, and we are like lemons that have been squeezed dry,” said van Persie.
In the run-up to the World Cup and towards the end of 2013-14 season, the former Arsenal skipper struggled with his fitness and subsequently missed some of Manchester United`s crucial fixtures. His absence, combined with Red Devil`s lacklustre performance, led to the firing of David Moyes as the club manager.
Then, Old Trafford appointed van Gaal as their new manager. Post World Cup, Manchester United under van Gaal will embark on a pre-season tour, starting on July 24 against Los Angeles Galaxy. And RVP will miss the four match USA tour which also includes club friendlies with Serie A outfits AS Roma (on July 26) and Inter Milan (July 30) and Champions League winners Real Madrid (August 2).
Confirming the report, van Gaal, said that “We rebuilt Robin completely before the finals... If you take into account how far he has come and what he has achieved, you have to pay him the highest compliments.” For his part, the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has reportedly taken just two days off before joining Manchester United.