Robin van Persie reveals game-changing advice van Nistelrooy gave him

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Manchester United star striker was taught a thing or two about the art of shooting by none other than renowned penalty-box poacher Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, a 31-year-old veteran of the striking position and a player revered for his deadly left foot finish, has explained that, even at his advanced age, he is still learning.

The Dutchman has scored some highlight-reel goals during his career at the elite-level, including his volleyed whoppa for Arsenal versus Charlton Athletic and his wonder-goal against Spain in the recent World Cup tournament.

Both finishes required tremendous athleticism, poise and precision, but the Manchester United attacker could be even more lethal this season as he has absorbed a striking lesson from Dutch greats like Patrick Kluivert and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

"If there is anyone in this football world who can still teach me stuff, than it is strikers of the calibre of Ruud or Patrick Kluivert," van Persie is quoted to have said.

"Ruud points out vital details of the art of finishing. With Holland, I missed a chance against Italy on Friday night. He had noticed in the slow motion of the video that my shoulders were not pointing exactly towards the goal when I took the ball in a volley from the corner of the box.

"He was dead right. The ball was doing what my body was guiding to do.

"Next time I have to get that detail right again," he concluded.

The Netherlands compete this evening, Tuesday, as they take on Czech Republic away from home in the opening round of fixtures for the 2016 European Championship qualifying section.

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