Moyes denies star is unsettled at Manchester United

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The Old Trafford boss has moved to deny speculation that striker Robin van Persie is unhappy with training at the club.

Speculation in the British press of late has suggested the Robin van Persie has been unhappy with David Moyes’ training methods at Manchester United.

The Dutch striker has picked up a number of niggling knocks this season, and his form has not been as scintillating as in the fledgling days of last term.

However, United boss Moyes has denied that the club’s hitman is unsettled in Manchester.

"That's complete nonsense," the Scottish coach stated when asked if Van Persie was unhappy.

"He has been playing with injections in his toes, he played one game for Holland with injections and we wanted to get away from that and give him a proper rest.

“I told him before the Southampton game that if he played he could miss the midweek game to get a little bit of recovery time.

“One of his small toes has been bothering him for a while and then he got the other one stood on at Shakhtar Donetsk and he felt it was affecting his groin as well."

Van Persie has set the bar high with his performances and goalscoring last season, and as such many have suggested that the former Arsenal man has had a poor start to the campaign.

Four goals in seven games so far represents a solid return, and Moyes has stated that he is happy with how Van Persie is playing at the moment.

"He's playing well, he's doing some great stuff for us and I've found him fantastic to work with," Moyes said.

"I'm surprised I am even having to answer this because he's been that good."

United have only scored 11 goals in eight matches so far this term in the Premier League, but Moyes feels that his side have posed an attacking threat.

"At least we are creating chances, you can't say we are not going for it," Moyes said.

"It is a concern because we should have been out of sight against Sociedad. We've been hitting the post and bar and I've no doubt that somewhere along the line it will go for us and the goals will go in but at the same time we do need to be more clinical.”

Van Persie was rested for United’s clash with Real Sociedad in the Champions League in midweek, but is in line for a return to the starting XI against Stoke today.

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