Van Gaal faced key player rebellion over Van Persie pick - report

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Manchester United boss stayed loyal to his striker.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal saw his Netherlands side falter in the World Cup semi-finals, with striker Robin van Persie anonymous.

The United striker had complained of a stomach bug prior to the game, and his performance backed belief he was not at 100 per cent.

Van Persie has not looked quite right since the group stages, and the match against Argentina was the situation at it's lowest.

Dramatically, a report in Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reveals Louis van Gaal faced a player rebellion over his decision to pick Van Persie at all.

The paper report that key stars Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder had pleaded with Van Gaal not to pick Van Persie, due to a lack of fitness, and select Klaas Jan Huntelaar instead.

This illustrates the typical Dutch squad falling out narrative which seems to follow at every major tournament, yet also typifies Van Gaal's headstrong nature.

The boss stuck to his guns and refused to be swayed, a tough approach which many believe make him the perfect replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson.

His devotion to Van Persie shows where his head lies, and may also indicate bad news for back-up strikers Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck at United next season, that their chances will be restricted even if Van Persie is only half fit.

Van Gaal may decide to learn from his mistake, for playing Van Persie in hindsight was one, but in such a key game, had Holland gone out he may have regretted his choice even more so.

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