Robin van Persie rumours denied by Manchester United boss

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has dismissed reports that star striker Robin van Persie is currently unhappy at Old Trafford.

The Netherlands international, who enjoyed a remarkable debut campaign with the Red Devils following his £24.5m move from Arsenal in August 2012, was left out of the squad for Wednesday night's Champions League fixture against Real Sociedad.

But despite rumours that Moyes and Van Persie had a training ground disagreement earlier in the week – the United boss insists the plan was to leave the 30-year-old out of the team in order to allow him to recover from injury.

“That’s complete nonsense,” Moyes responded when asked by the Telegraph whether Van Persie was unhappy. “He had a couple of sore toes and I told him before the Southampton game last Saturday that, if I played him in that, he would miss the Sociedad game to try to give his toes and groin a rest.

“His groins were a bit affected and he has been playing with injections. He played with injections for Holland – the first game [of the international break] he played with an injection, the second he didn’t.

“In previous games for us, he played with injections in his toes, so we were trying to get away from that and get away from injecting him.

“He’s been bothered by it, taking injections in one of his small toes, and then he got the other one stood on at Shakhtar Donetsk as well, so his toes have been bothering him for a long time.”

Van Persie is currently United's top scorer in the Premier League, having netted four goals from his opening seven matches.

However, the reigning Premier League champions have struggled since Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson, who Van Persie regarded highly.

United currently sit eighth in the table – and will not move any higher even if they beat Stoke City at Old Trafford this afternoon.

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