Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has confirmed that he was recently involved in a personal meeting with Netherlands manager Guus Hiddink.
The Oranje captain met Hiddink, who replaced Louis van Gaal as the national team manager of the World Cup semi-finalists, in a hotel in Manchester to settle their differences.
Van Persie and Hiddink have both received criticism after the Netherlands’ dreadful start to Euro 2016 qualification - the 1988 European champions have won just one of their opening three matches - while the former was also involved in an on-pitch disagreement with fellow striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Van Persie: Meeting was productive
"I have a very good feeling about the conversation." - Robin van Persie.
But Van Persie, whose form for Manchester United has also been called into question this season, is confident that his meeting with Hiddink was beneficial.
"It was a good, frank, and honest conversation,” he told Dutch website AD. “With an open mind we both gave our view on the situation. It was critical, but it should be. Hiddink will also talk to the other guys, I understand.
"The coach has made it clear what he wants to see different and better. He was sharp, hard sometimes, even to me. But he should be. I have a very good feeling about the conversation."
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Van Persie cools Huntelaar rift rumours
Van Persie was also asked for his take on the Huntelaar altercation which occurred in the 3-1 win over Kazakhstan - the Manchester United striker responded badly after his strike-partner told him to look up and pass instead of shoot - and said the level of respect between them both must improve.
"We are both winners,” the 31-year-old added. “But we also have respect for each other as footballers."
Van Persie in decline?
Van Persie is the Netherlands’ record goalscorer, having netted 48 goals in 95 appearances for his national team since making his debut in 2005.
But there are fears that the former Arsenal captain is beginning to decline as a footballer. The man who almost single-handedly inspired Manchester United to their 20th league title less than two years ago no longer strikes the same fear into the hearts of opposing defenders.
In his debut season with the Red Devils, following his controversial £24 million move from Arsenal, Van Persie scored 30 goals in 48 matches.
Last season, the £200,000-a-week striker scored 18 in 28 matches, and so far this term he has bagged three in eight games.
But, as things stand, both Van Gaal and Hiddink has faith that Van Persie will rediscover his best form over the forthcoming months.
[Quotes translated by Sport Witness]
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