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Robin van Persie: Louis van Gaal didn’t give me a chance to impress at Manchester United

by Sam Koster

Robin van Persie has claimed Louis van Gaal did not give him a fair opportunity to win back his spot in the Manchester United team.

The 31-year-old was used mainly as a substitute towards the end of last season after falling behind the likes of Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao in the pecking order at the club.

The Dutch international has recently joined Fenerbahce in a reported £4 million deal, despite there being no official confirmation from Man United, suggesting an exact fee is yet to be agreed.

Since making his move, Van Persie has hit back at van Gaal and said he was not given an ‘honest’ chance to win back his spot in the starting XI.

He said: “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 [van Gaal] and people at the club saw it, but I was always professional.

“I was still thinking we could come back from holiday and start from scratch, but when I came back it wasn’t an honest battle any more. Fighting to get back in the team wasn’t given to me as an option.

“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.”

Having been such a pivotal figure in firing United to their historic 20th title, Van Persie may feel that he has been mistreated by a club that he did so much for.

However, Van Persie fails to mention how many opportunities he was given by Van Gaal which he simply failed to make the most of and the fact of the matter is that he didn’t do enough to win back a place in the starting XI.

Although it is sad to see the working relationship between Van Persie and Van Gaal sour, it was clear for some time that the Dutchman was not part of United’s long-term plans.

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