Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed that Louis van Gaal inadvertently prevented him from celebrating with his family after finding the net with his World Cup wondergoal for the Netherlands against Spain.
Van Persie scored one of the iconic goals in the tournament’s history when he threw himself at a cross from Daley Blind and looped a header over Iker Casillas, as the Netherlands stunned the holders in a 5-1 rout.
After watching the ball float into the opposition net, Van Persie streaked in the direction of the Netherlands bench, where he was met with by ecstatic Van Gaal and the two exchanged a memorable high-five.
But, Van Persie has explained, he had actually intended to celebrate the goal with his wife and children, who were stationed just behind Van Gaal and the Netherlands dugout.
“The real reason was that my wife and kids were sitting right behind the bench,” he said.
“But before I got there, Van Gaal came running out. It was marvellous, I did want to celebrate with everyone and with him too.
“That goal was not just a dream come true, it also changed the entire World Cup for us and the way the boss made his entrance at Man United.”
Van Persie, meanwhile, is in contention to start for Manchester United in their encounter with fellow top four contenders Southampton at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Victory will reinforce United’s Champions League ambitions, while three points for Southampton will propel Ronald Koeman’s side above their opposition and into third place.