Manchester United manager David Moyes is a “dinosaur” for his handling of Robin van Persie, according to a renowned Dutch fitness coach.
Van Persie was withdrawn at half time of Manchester United’s 2-3 loss to Yokohama F Marinos on Tuesday with a tight thigh – Moyes’ second loss in three matches in charge.
Raymond Verheijen, who was Gary Speed’s assistant manager with Wales, responded to the news with a scathing attack on Moyes and the pre-season training methods he has introduced at the Old Trafford club.
"In Sydney Moyes said: 'We've overtrained Robin this week to build up his fitness'. [In Japan] he picked up muscle injury,” he said on Twitter.
“It really makes you wonder how these prehistoric training methods can still take place at the highest level.
"All over the world in pre-season you see the pattern 'overtraining-fatigue-injuries'. Always avoid accumulation of fatigue in pre-season.
"But as long as most dinosaurs are still in denial & ignore how things develop in other countries, nothing will ever change in Jurassic Park.
“Obviously, players like RVP should learn to protect themselves better against 'overtraining' & 'punishing training'."
Moyes insisted after the match that taking Van Persie off was only a precaution and has since revealed that last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner should be available for the friendly against Cerezo Osaka on Friday.
Verheijen, who has worked with the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester City, has previous when it comes to criticising Moyes’ training methods.
The Dutchman voiced similar prehistoric jibes when it was confirmed that Moyes would be succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson after the Scot retired:
"The dinosaur of all dinosaurs gets a 6 year (!) contract to manage one of the biggest clubs in the world. Only possible in Jurassic Park,” he said on Twitter, again.