English Premiership

RVP quashes talk of Utd exit

2014-03-14 10:28
Robin van Persie (AFP)

London - Robin van Persie has slammed speculation that he is unhappy at Manchester United and wants to quit the troubled Premier League champions.

Van Persie was reported to be disgruntled with life at United following Alex Ferguson's retirement at the end of last season and the Dutch striker's relatively poor form this term has added to the impression that all is not well.

There has been speculation van Persie's relationship with United manager David Moyes is rocky, while the former Arsenal star spoke critically about his team-mates' performance following the recent 2-0 last 16 first leg defeat at Olympiakos in the Champions League.

The 30-year-old was visibly unhappy with Moyes' decision to substitute him in Saturday's 3-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion, with referee Jon Moss having to point van Persie off the pitch as the Dutchman shook his head, obviously displeased with the choice to haul him off after 60 minutes.

But van Persie on Thursday hit back at rumours that he wanted to leave in an exclusive interview with United's match-day programme.

"I don't mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I've done on the pitch. They can talk about my game 24/7 for all I care and a lot of those opinions and criticisms may actually be right. So I don't mind that," van Persie told United Review.

"What I need to address are the situations when people are taking it upon themselves to think for me, make assumptions, or interpret things as if they are me.

"Last time I checked my head was still attached to my body, so I'm the only one who knows exactly what I'm feeling and that is not what I or the fans have been reading.

"The truth is I'm very happy here at this club. I signed for four years and I'd be delighted to stay even longer, beyond the next two years I have left on my contract.

"This is how I feel, although it's not what has been suggested in the media."

- Dismal first season for Moyes -

United have endured a dismal first season under Moyes, crashing out of both domestic cups and falling 18 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Van Persie, who scored 30 times in his first campaign with United following a 24 million move from Arsenal, has been well below his best this season, netting just 14 goals.

But he was keen to make it clear he has no problems with Moyes or the rest of the United's squad, adding: "I'm very happy with my team-mates and I'm very happy with my manager and his staff.

"The sessions we have on the training ground are fantastic and I'm learning a lot from them every day.

"I've been a professional footballer for 12 years now and there's no doubt I'm learning new things and progressing with David Moyes.

"It goes too far when people start suggesting, amongst other things, that I have a bad understanding with the manager. That's not true at all.

"I can tell you that Moyes' sessions and the things he says in his team meetings are spot-on. I really enjoy working under him and I'm absolutely convinced things will pick up and we'll turn it around.

"There is mutual respect between us and the work environment is actually good. He really wants things to work here at Manchester United and I want the same, just like the other players. We're all working hard to make this work."


NEXT ON SPORT24X

Record earnings for Barca

2014-07-29 22:00

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    04:00
  • SS4
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    05:00
  • SS5
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    05:59
  • SS7
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
16 August 2014
Manchester United v Swansea City, Old Trafford 13:45
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, Boleyn Ground 16:00
Stoke City v Aston Villa, Britannia Stadium 16:00
Leicester City v Everton, King Power Stadium 16:00
Queens Park Rangers v Hull City, Loftus Road Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland, The Hawthorns 16:00
Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Emirates Stadium 18:30
17 August 2014
Liverpool v Southampton, Anfield 14:30
Newcastle United v Manchester City, St. James' Park 17:00
18 August 2014
Burnley v Chelsea, Turf Moor 21:00
Vote

How will Manchester United fare in next season's English Premiership under Louis van Gaal?

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.