Manchester United will be flying out to the United States in a week or two to start their pre-season tour. One man who will not be with the team however is star striker Robin van Persie.
The Dutch forward has been given three weeks off from United duty by new Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal, who knows just how hard the forward was working at the World Cup.
The Netherlands got all the way to the semi finals in Brazil, and according to the Daily Mail, with Van Persie registering 548 minutes of action through the tournament as the Oranje claimed third place.
Well Needed Break
And the 30-year old is incredibly thankful to be getting the time off. "I need that [break]," van Persie is quoted as saying. "It was a tough tournament. Every match I gave it my all. That was just it, more wasn't possible."
This all means that the Dutch national team captain will miss United's four-match friendly schedule, which includes a stop to face the LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on July 23. Games are also scheduled against Roma, Real Madrid and Nemaja Vidic's Inter Milan side.
Van Persie scored four goals for the Netherlands at the World Cup, tying him for third in scoring overall in Brazil.
The World Cup also showed us just how good Van Persie and Van Gaal's relationship is. The striker ran over to high five his manager after scoring against Spain and it seems like the two will be clicking at Old Trafford and Carringdon significantly more than RVP did with former United manager David Moyes.
Van Gaal was full of praise for his number nine after arriving back in Holland at the weekend. "If you know where he came from and what he's done, all you can do is compliment him," the 62-year-old LVG beamed.