Robin van Persie is being 'purposely overtrained' by Manchester United according to Dutch fitness specialist Raymond Verheijen, in the wake of national coach Louis van Gaal resting the frontman for the international break.
Verheijen took to his Twitter account to criticise United's medical staff for not looking after the 30-year-old, who has been taking pain killers in recent weeks for injuries to his toe and groin.
The forward is the Red Devils key man, highlighted by his winner on Sunday afternoon against his former club Arsenal that pulled United within five points of the Gunners at the top of the Barclays Premier League table.
The fitness guru - who has previously criticised Moyes for his pre-season treatment of Van Persie - tweeted: "Hopefully next season RVP will have a balanced pre-season so he does not have to use pain killers at all. But maybe this is a bit ambitious?"
He followed that up with: "RVP missed 1st week pre-season, had to travel 30 hrs and 10 hrs time difference. Still the Man U 'experts' decided to purposely overtrain him?"
The Netherlands face Japan and Colombia during the break from the domestic season, and it was originally thought that he had withdrawn from the squad.
However, Verheijen revealed coach Van Gaal had decided to rest the prolific striker, a decision he praised in a further tweet: "Thankfully, Dutch NT coach Louis van Gaal understands bigger. Total rest now will have positive effect on RVP's WC2014 next summer."
He said the decision was "very smart" and hoped their star man could stop using pain killers after the internationals.
Van Persie was key to United's successful campaign last season, and has so far scored seven league goals in the Old Trafford side's indifferent start to their title defence.
He also recently became Holland's all-time top goal scorer after scoring a hat-trick against Hungary last month, taking his tally to 41 for his country.
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