Robin van Persie admits frustration at Fenerbahce

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Robin van Persie did not hold back when asked what he thought about starting the game on the bench in Fenerbahce's 2-1 win over Bursaspor on Sunday.

Fenerbahce manager Vitor Pereira rang the changes following a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Norwegian outfit Molde in last Thursday's Europa League match.

Van Persie paid the price for his failure to score in three successive matches, including the game against Molde, and was named as a substitute.


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As their high-profile summer signing from Manchester United, the decision was met with plenty of surprise, including from the Dutchman himself.

The 32-year-old, who earns a reported £250,000-a-week at the Turkish club, readily admitted that he was not happy with his manager's decision.

Not happy

"To be honest, I am not very happy at this moment," he told Lig TV after the match.

"I was not happy that I started on the bench. I am fully fit, physically very well and able to play for 90 minutes."

The former Manchester United and Arsenal striker has struggled to meet the high expectations following his arrival from Old Trafford but responded to his critics in the best way possible. 

He scored the winner against Bursaspor just three minutes after emerging from the bench in the 77th minute.

Van Persie said: "The only right answer I could give was with what I did: helping the team to get the victory."

Learning his lesson

With his best years behind him, Van Persie would be wise to stay on the right side of Pereira and not tempt the Portuguese manager into a big decision, like dropping him from the squad altogether. Outspoken comments like this are unlikely to earn him respect.

The striker fell out of favour with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and paid the ultimate price, leaving Old Trafford after a dramatic tumble in form, fitness and stature. Here's hoping that the two-time Premier League top scorer has learnt his lesson.

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