Manchester United’s Robin van Persie has urged his teammates to ‘do as the Dutch say’ and believe in Louis van Gaal’s philosophy to bring them success.
United have got off to a shaky start under Dutchman Van Gaal, recording two wins, two draws and two defeats in their opening six games of the season.
But Van Persie, who scored in last weekend’s 2-1 victory over West Ham, believes that the players are adapting to Van Gaal’s approach and they will soon become a force to be reckoned with.
“I think it’s very interesting and very good because we are all pulling on the same rope – as the Dutch say,” he said at the launch of United’s first global sustainable technology partner Abengoa.
“We all have one target, which is to win and win as much as we can. If I look at what I have seen in training and on the pitch in games, I can see that it is getting much better.
“We are improving every day and getting better. Some training sessions are incredible and we are showing that in games as well.”
The Dutchman is under no illusion however, that his former international coach will push United’s players to breaking point and demand that they give their all.
“It’s very demanding in a good way as you have to be focused every single day of the sessions or the [team] meeting,” Van Persie added.
“He wants players to get involved in the meeting too. You have to give your own input, which is what the staff likes. That’s a bit of the Dutch thing. Everybody gets involved in the project. We are all working on it.
“Everyone has their own say, which is maybe new for some players but not for me as I know how he works.”
United next face Everton at Old Trafford but will be without striker and captain Wayne Rooney after he was sent off for a cynical foul at the weekend.
Van Gaal also has to contend with most of his defence being sidelined with injury to Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling.
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