Manchester United manager David Moyes has lavished praise on striker Robin van Persie after seeing him first hand during United's training session in Sydney.

Moyes is also hoping that the player can replicate last season's 30 goal tally and help United retain the Premier League title.

"We've enjoyed him being here. He met up with us when we arrived in Sydney, he's trained quite a bit on his own," Moyes told a press conference.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing him start and get him playing again.

"He was a massively important player for Manchester United last season and (we're) hoping he'll have as big an influence again this season.

"I got to see him this week for the first time and I mean his control, his touch, his awareness, just in small games we've played this week."

"I've really been impressed by his professionalism as well, the way he's gone about his work, he's trained hard this week."

Van Persie who didn't play in the 1-0 defeat to the Singha All-Stars because of international commitments has been training with United this week and will no doubt play a major role at tomorrow's second match of the pre-season.

"What we are doing is trying to get him into a condition where he is ready to do exactly what he's done last season which was score goals for Manchester United and he was a really big influence in the team. 

"So we're hoping to get more of that this season," added Moyes.

 

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