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Van Persie wouldn't have joined Moyes' United - Verheijen

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Former Wales coach Raymond Verheijen has again hit out at Manchester United boss David Moyes.

Verheijen has blasted Moyes throughout the season for the way he has treated Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman believes the former Everton manager's 'pre-historic' coaching methods have led to the Manchester United forward picking up a number of injury niggles.

And Verheijen has taken another swipe at Moyes by saying Van Persie would have never joined Manchester United if the current Old Trafford chief was in charge of the club.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, Verheijen said on Van Persie: “For years he was at Arsenal winning nothing, and then he made the move to Man United so at least he could win some things in his career because he was already in his late 20s.

“He had a lot of loyalty to Arsenal and it was difficult for him - it was a painful move. Ideally he would have finished his career at Arsenal winning some trophies.

“He knew that was not going to happen, so he had to make that move. He made a painful, but brilliant move. He had a very successful first year, wins the title and then thinks 'let’s go for the Champions League now'.

“Then, all of a sudden, Ferguson retires. How do you think he felt? If he had known that was going to happen he still would have left Arsenal, because staying there would mean zero trophies.

"He would definitely have moved but would have more than likely gone to Barcelona or Bayern Munich.”

Van Persie is said to have become disillusioned with life under Moyes and could leave the club in the summer.

The Manchester United forward has scored 11 goals in 16 Premier League games, however his side are still languishing in seventh spot and look set to be knocked out of the Champions League by Greek side Olympiakos.

Moyes and Manchester United fans alike will be hoping Van Persie can fire the Red Devils into next season's Champions League by making a late push for a European spot or by somehow winning Europe's most prestigious tournament.

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