Robin van Persie has been in pain for six years

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed that he's been in pain for the last five to six years. 

As reported by Sky Sports, the forward - who is set to star at this summer's World Cup with the Netherlands - has admitted that he's had a number of injury problems in recent years. 

Van Persie only joined Manchester United in the summer of 2012, and enjoyed a great a fine debut season with the club. However, in the last campaign, the striker struggled to feature on a regular basis because of a number of niggling problems. 

And, with the World Cup set to begin this week, the Manchester United ace has insisted that he's not been fully fit for a number of years. 

Speaking to reporters, Van Persie said:  “I can’t remember a game over the last five or six years where I haven’t felt some pain somewhere.

“The groin complaint I had you can’t even call an injury. I’ve had so many of those complaints."

Van Persie and Co. - who are led by new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal - will be in action against current World Cup holders Spain on Friday night. 

And Van Persie has insisted that he's ready for the game and believes his side can overcome their opponents.

He continued by saying: “I’m no longer bothered by my groin and I have been able to give my all in the training sessions.

“I’m completely ready for the game against Spain.

“Spain are a good side, but so are we.”

Manchester United fans will be hoping Van Persie impresses this summer as he looks to return to Old Trafford fully fit for the 2014/15 campaign. 

The Red Devils faithful will certainly be interested spectators when the Dutch are in action this week, with a United core of Van Persie, Van Gaal, Juan Mata and David de Gea all at Arena Fonte Nova on Friday. 

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