Alongside Daley Blind, Van Persie is the only other Dutchman in United’s first-team and their time spent with Van Gaal at the World Cup has given them the perfect head start with Van Gaal which is helping them be part of his philosophy right now.
“If I look at what I have seen in training and on the pitch in games I can see that it is getting much better. Now we have to extend that and make at least the top four. That is a realistic target but it’s still early in the season. We are winners. We are not here just to set low standards. We want them to be as high as possible, winning games and winning trophies.” Robin van Persie
Speaking to The Telegraph, Van Persie emphasised Van Gaal’s collective methods of making sure all the squad got involved in every aspect and how it helps build the philosophy at the club.
“Everybody gets involved in the project and everyone has their own say which is maybe new for some players but not for me, as I know how he works,” he said.
“I think it’s very interesting and very good because we are all pulling on the same rope, as the Dutch say. It is very demanding in a good way as you have to be focused every single day of the sessions or the meetings.
“He wants players to get involved in the meeting, too. You have to give your own input which is what the staff likes, but that’s a bit of the Dutch thing. Only me and Daley Blind knew how he worked before, so that takes some time, but I’m convinced we will do what he wants us to do and go where he wants us to go.
“I had two years with Van Gaal as the national coach and that’s a different situation from working with him on a daily basis. I had a bit of insight in to how he works and it gave me a head start, but his way of working is very good, very direct and very clear for everyone. There is a lot of communication and he is doing great, but he’s trying to get his philosophy in to a lot of new players.”
At face value, the morale in United’s campaign is very good right now. The loss to Leicester City didn’t knock the wind out of United’s sails and they immediately bounced back with a 2-1 victory over West Ham.
Van Gaal’s methodologies don’t promote immediate success but so long as he has the time to bring it all together, United could soon be playing the best football in the league which is certainly something to be excited about.