Van Persie out, Clasie in as a Dutch Team of the Year is revealed

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Manchester United star Robin van Persie was left out but target Jordy Clasie was included in a statistical Dutch XI of the season by WhoScored.com.

With the World Cup on the horizon, the Dutch will be hoping to go one step further than in 2010, when they were beaten in the final by Spain in South Africa. As manager Louis van Gaal - who was named as the new Manchester United boss on Monday - prepares his squad, WhoScored took a look at who their highest rated Dutch players have been over the course of the season.

The big omission comes in the form of United striker van Persie, who has endured a frustrating season at Old Trafford, marred by injuries and loss of form. He's still expected to start in Brazil this summer, but statistically, WhoScored rated Schalke hitman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar over the United star.

There are familiar names in the side though, as reported United transfer targets Daryl Janmaat, Joel Veltman and Jordy Clasie are recognised for their superb displays in the Eredivisie this season. Janmaat and Clasie - both of Feyenoord - are expect to start for van Gaal at the World Cup at right back and central midfield respectively, and with United needing reinforcement in both positions, they could make their way to Old Trafford this summer.

Big names such as Kevin Strootman, Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder all miss out on a place in the team, but Arjen Robben - who was also recently linked with a move to United - makes the team having impressed under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

The likes of Robbin Ruiter, Jeffrey Bruma and Lex Immers won't be in the squad for the World Cup, but the suggestion that Huntelaar has been better than van Persie means there is work to be done for van Gaal at Old Trafford - without even considering who they will need to sign this summer.

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