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The example to follow: Leeds United legend blasts Van Persie

Leeds United legend Johnny Giles has defended under-pressure Manchester United manager David Moyes regarding Robin Van Persie, labeling the Dutch striker 'a prat'.

Former Leeds United hard man Johnny Giles is not a man to mince his words and when it came to analysing Robin Van Persie's performances and comments after the Olympiakos defeat, it's safe to say he didn't feel the need to beat around the bush.

When quizzed on the comments Van Persie made regarding team-mates occupying 'his zones' and whether or not his comments show Moyes can't cope with the superstars at Manchester United, Giles said: 'It can also show you Van Persie is a prat'

'In other words [to the comments] he is not at fault. Right, he's not at fault. And I watched the game last night and he never tried a leg.

'Moyes can't make him play. He should be out there playing and doing his best. That's what all players should be doing, regardless of manager.'

The former Republic of Ireland went on to point out key incidents in the game to show Van Persie's comments after the game for what they are, an excuse.

The comments from Johnny Giles are undoubtedly based on experience and the readers with long memories, or the ones that have watched 'The Damned United' will understand where he is coming from. 

When speaking on the days of Brian Clough at Leeds United, he admitted although he didn't like Clough, he still tried his best for him.

Speaking to the Guardian in 2010, Giles said: 'He never got off first base, never had a chance to work his magic, which he had. I could feel something. 

'I was playing for him, and didn't get on with him, but played well for him, as best I could and I wanted to please him.

'I was confused, myself. I didn't even like him, but I wanted to please him.'

It's a good attitude to have, and should be the example Van Persie looks to follow.

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