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'It's difficult for Van Persie at United'

ESPN staff
February 20, 2014
Robin van Persie is said to relish the greater focus on "technique" with Holland © Getty Images

Louis van Gaal claims that Robin van Persie is not enjoying his football at Manchester United.

The Holland manager, who is keen on taking charge at Tottenham after the World Cup, says the striker enjoys life more with the national team where the focus is more on "technique".

United have struggled for form under Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, David Moyes, this season, with the Premier League champions seventh in the table.

Van Persie's campaign has been disrupted by injury, although he has still managed to score 10 goals in 15 league appearances for the Red Devils.

Van Gaal told the Daily Mail: "I think he should be great in the tournament because he loves to play in the Dutch squad.

"The football from Man United now is for him maybe difficult but then he wishes to show his techniques. Techniques in the Dutch team for him is higher.

"He has shown that all the qualification matches more than ever because he's our top scorer and I hope he can continue this."

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