United's £24m man sends message as he returns to training

Robin van Persie returned to Manchester United training on Monday, and he sent a message expressing his excitement regarding the new season.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie sent a message to his Twitter followers as he returned to training with his club.

The Dutch striker had been on extended leave following the Netherlands' World Cup exploits, but now refreshed and ready for a new campaign, the £24million signing looks like he cannot wait to get started under his former international boss Louis van Gaal.

"Back in training today after a short break," van Persie wrote.  "Looking forward to the new season so much!! Hope you are all feeling the same."

It is no surprise that the front-man is looking forward to the new campaign given that he will be managed by a coach he has thrived under.  And it will be interesting to see if the 62-year-old can get the very best out of his countryman after the latter's disappointing second season at Old Trafford.

Van Persie excelled in his debut campaign, playing a vital role in Sir Alex Ferguson's final Premier League triumph.  But last year the Dutchman's individual campaign was similar to his club's less than impressive endeavours, as he failed to reach the heights English fans had witnessed in recent times.

But under van Gaal that could change, with the 30-year-old tipped to take the United captaincy and thrive once more.  Although with his teammates doing so well in the USA, the first thing van Persie will need to do is reach the required fitness level to get a place in the team.

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