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Robin van Persie excited by van Gaal appointment at Man United

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Robin van Persie has said that he is excited by the recently announced appointment of Louis van Gaal as new Manchester United manager, according to Sky Sports.

Van Gaal was finally confirmed as the club’s new manager on the 19th May, after the sacking of David Moyes on the 22nd April.

Despite popular calls for Ryan Giggs to be appointed on a full-time basis, the Welshman was only installed as interim boss for the final four games of the season after Moyes’ sacking.

However, Giggs has been confirmed as van Gaal’s assistant manager.

Speaking on Sky Sports, van Persie said, “I have enjoyed the past two years with Holland a great deal.

"He (van Gaal) is very clear in what he says. I am now going to go through another two-year process with van Gaal and I am looking forward to it.

"It is a different sort of approach to what I was used to with previous coaches, but I like it.

"It is a very Dutch way of doing things - very direct but intended to make us better players."

Indeed, van Persie is known to enjoy a very good relationship with his Dutch boss; it is clear that a mutual respect exists between the two men.

Van Persie is van Gaal’s captain for the national team and it has been rumoured recently that the former Arsenal striker may get the nod to be skipper at Manchester United, ahead of Wayne Rooney.

On Sky Sports, Van Gaal recently described Van Persie as a “fantastic captain”, and said that “I think you always make a player captain when you have the same morals and philosophy.

“Not only about football and tactics and what is happening on the pitch but about life.”

Indeed, positive comments may be a sign that Rooney will instead be forced to play second fiddle to his Dutch teammate.

It was the prospect of this happening that caused Rooney to state during last season’s pre-season that he was “angry and confused”.

Certainly, if Rooney is not a regular starter under the Red Devils’ new manager, it will undoubtedly be a source of great consternation for the former Everton man.

Whatever happens, van Persie is clearly a big part of van Gaal’s plans for his upcoming reign as United boss.

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