Liverpool cult hero predicts 'great things' at Manchester United 'unfortunately'

Dirk Kuyt Netherlands

Dirk Kuyt is sure that with Louis van Gaal and Robin van Persie at the club Manchester United are destined to get back to their best.

The Netherlands look like one of the main contenders for this summer's World Cup in Brazil after an exceptional start to their campaign. Oranje have eight goals from two games and Louis van Gaal has the team playing an exciting brand of football - although he proved he is not afraid to change things when the going gets tough - just like it did against Australia.

This is of course music to the ears of Manchester United fans. Van Gaal is on his way to Old Trafford once the Dutch assault ends. The other big plus in that respect is Robin van Persie. The United striker struggled with injuries last term, but is still the club's most potent goal-scorer. And his relationship with LvG is well publicised as very co-operative.

Van Persie is the Dutch captain and he has scored an abundance of goals under the tutelage of his future club team coach. So the future looks bright for United after the turmoil of the previous David Moyes campaign.

Which is not music to the ears of one international team-mate. Fenerbache winger Dirk Kuyt spent six very successful years at Liverpool - where he became a cult hero for his tireless work ethic and ability to score crucial goals. But he sees a bright future for his former-teams rivals, although he is not happy about it. He told Dutch media:

“I think Robin van Persie is an amazing player. He has shown that at United. ­Unfortunately, he was injured too many times (last) season. But I’m sure, with Van Gaal and Robin together, great things are going to happen with Man United…unfortunately.

"...He is a very experienced coach and we (the Netherlands) are very lucky to have him. I think we have a great chance of doing well at the World Cup, but we have to take it step by step.”

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