Manchester United boss Van Gaal criticises Van Persie: 'He was too defensive'

Holland and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has critiqued international captain Van Persie's latest performance.

Dutch boss Louis van Gaal is going to see a lot of Robin van Persie over the next few months and years, and he clearly wants to spell out what he wants from him right away.

While Van Persie netted the winner in Holland's 1-0 win over Ghana at the weekend, in a press conference yesterday, Van Gaal said he thought the striker did not apply himself in the way he wanted.

The 62-year-old told the media, as reported by Voetball International: "Van Persie has done too much, he is too much behind the left back and right back.

"He just needs to keep to small areas basically because Daryl Janmaat or Daley Blind should stop those emerging (from the) back. We have plenty of defenders."

Van Gaal is perhaps mindful of Van Persie's injury record and wants him to conserve his energy, but also hinting at a philosophy where he wants his attackers to concentrate on their strengths.

The star this is really interesting for is Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, whose natural hard-working game involves chasing back the opposition.

Will the Dutchman ask him to curb this, or will it depend on whether he is playing up front or in support of Van Persie?

As per the relationship between Van Persie and Van Gaal, fans have no need to worry. The striker said just last week:

"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 will walk on fire for him if I have to."

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