van Persie reveals van Gaal effect on Holland camp - impact for United

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Manchester United duo are on international duty with the Netherlands ahead of the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

Clinical Manchester United hit-man Robin van Persie has given an insight into the dressing-room atmosphere within the Netherlands national football team - a locker-room often cited to be fractious, leading to international tournament failures.

"I will walk on fire for [Louis van Gaal] if I have to," the Dutchman told The Blizzard magazine. "Like the rest of the team," he said, in a statement that has obvious undertones as it implies Louis van Gaal has united the players to work toward one goal - FIFA World Cup success in Brazil, next month.

Van Gaal's ability to foster a positive team spirit atmosphere with the Netherlands has an impact for the potential wonders he can work with United who, this time last year, were crowned champions of the Premier League yet, 12 months later, finished in seventh place.

The renowned head coach, who has tasted success with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is confident he can engineer an imminent United renaissance - and he has certainly been able to make star striker van Persie feel good.

"Personally, I’m in my best period. Van Gaal gave me all the confidence I can ask for. He made me the main striker, my favourite position. At last. He made me captain. I owe him something. So I will be as sharp as a knife in Brazil.

"I think we are going to do something special [in Brazil]: like in 2010 but hopefully this time winning the final. We have a great team: a good mix of experience, skill and young talent.

"For a lot of us it will be the last chance, the last cry of a generation. Players like me. Like Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart and others."

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