Robin van Persie has admitted Manchester United's dismal season last term was his worst in a number of years and is just happy that it is over.
Old Trafford was not a happy place to be for much of last term, as David Moyes' succession to Sir Alex Ferguson produce calamity on numerous occasions, costing him his job and guiding the Red Devils to only a seventh placed finish in the defence of their Premier League title. One of the reasons things were so bad was the fact that the previous season's top Golden Boot winner, and probably the player most influential in the title win, spent much of the season injured.
Van Persie is in Brazil with the Netherlands national team ahead of their assault on the 2014 World Cup and he has admitted that suffering a series of injuries all but ruined his season and claimed it felt especially bad as he felt he had put the fitness issues he had earlier in his career behind him. Van Persie claimed to have played in 93 consecutive matches before the current season, which encompassed to sensational seasons for Arsenal before his contentious move to Manchester United.
"Over the last few years I put down the best series of my career. I played 93 matches in the Premier League in a row. Most of them as a starter, some as sub. I never thought about injuries," he told Dutch website Metro Nieuws.
"But this season I had three, where I was out for at least a month every time. Sometimes I got despondent of it.
"It started with something small. I had a broken toe and because of that I started to walking different, which had consequences for the rest of my body."
Fitness may not have been Van Persie's sole concern at Manchester United last season, as numerous reports emerged that he was discontented at Old Trafford and was considering a return to old club Arsenal when it became increasingly clear that Moyes was not going to get the team into the top four, never mind win a trophy. That Manchester United sacked Moyes before the end of the season may have made the 30-year-old striker feel a little better and the announcement of who the Scot's replacement would be probably made sure he would be saying with the club.
Louis van Gaal will be taking up the reins when his duties as Holland manager at the World Cup have ended and Van Persie will get to work on a more regular basis with a manager whom he admires greatly. Before the former Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona manager was announced as the new manager, Van Persie described their relationship as the best he has experienced with a manager - giving a small indication who the striker wanted to succeed Moyes.
Van Gaal's arrival is likely to see Van Persie become the focal point of the team once again after Moyes tried to develop more of an interchange between him and Wayne Rooney. This shift will only be a positive for the Red Devils as they attempt to get back into the Champions League next season and mount a title challenge, as Van Persie is far and away their deadliest attacking player and playing to his strengths will only make them a more formidable force.