New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has over the weekend confirmed that his national captain Robin van Persie will miss the start of the Premier League season for Manchester United.
Robin van Persie has been on holiday since his national side Netherlands finished third in this summer’s World Cup over in Brazil and the 30-year-old will return late to pre-season training after being handed time off, and exempt from the clubs tour of the United States.
Louis van Gaal believes that the fitness of Robin van Persie will not be up to his, and Manchester United’s standard in time for their their opening fixture against Swansea City, in the early kick-off on the 16th August 2014.
Speaking with reporters, Louis van Gaal said:
“Robin wants to play every game, I know that, but so do the other 30 players in the squad. But players have to train and Robin needs a full training regime behind him before he can play again.
“Robin will begin training on Monday, but he won’t play in the friendly against Valencia on August 12, definitely not. And he won’t play in the Premier League at the start either, I think.
“People can criticise me for that decision but I know what you have to do with players who have had three weeks’ holiday. Hopefully, Robin will get his fitness back very fast. But at this moment, he won’t be playing.”