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David Moyes denies Robin Van Persie is unhappy at Manchester United

Updated: Saturday, 08 Mar 2014 13:36 | Comments

David Moyes said a lot of what had been written about Robin van Persie had been incorrect
David Moyes said a lot of what had been written about Robin van Persie had been incorrect

Manchester United boss David Moyes has denied claims that Robin Van Persie was unhappy with life at Old Trafford.

Former Holland international Ronald de Boer told talkSPORT earlier this week that Van Persie was "not enjoying the football Manchester United are playing" and that his compatriot would leave should Moyes not bring in "new, young, great players".

Responding to De Boer's comments, the United manager said: "I couldn't reply to that and I wouldn't know how Ronald de Boer would know that."

Speculation had mounted that Van Persie’s was unhappy at Old Trafford after he gave an interview to Dutch broadcaster NOS following United's Champions League defeat to Olympiacos.

Van Persie's claim that some of his team-mates were "Often playing in my zones" was interpreted as a slant at some of the other United squad members who were on the pitch on that morale-draining night in Athens.

Moyes was annoyed at how Van Persie's quotes were interpreted, as well as speculation regarding the player's future in general.

"If you actually read the whole transcript I think it was taken out of context" - David Moyes

"I actually travelled back after the [France v Holland friendly on Wednesday], with Robin and Pat[rice] Evra," Moyes added.

"If you actually read the whole transcript I think it was taken out of context... we understand fully.

"Robin is a really good player and we will do everything possible to make those opportunities work for Robin."

Moyes added: "A lot of what has been said [about Van Persie] isn't correct."

Moyes's predecessor Alex Ferguson bought Van Persie from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 and his goals fired the Red Devils to the title last term.

This season the Dutchman has scored 14 goals but United's overall form has been so poor that they are seventh in the Premier League with just 11 matches of the campaign remaining.

Moyes said he had been surprised to see Robin van Persie play 90 minutes for Holland on Wednesday when he had spent the previous day laid low in bed through illness.

Van Persie played the whole of Holland's 2-0 friendly defeat to France in Paris.

Moyes was present at the match and he was taken aback by Louis van Gaal's decision to keep the striker on the pitch at the Stade de France.

"Robin was in his bed all day Tuesday being sick but he felt better on Wednesday and he played," the United manager said.

"I was a little bit surprised he played 90 minutes in a game they were losing 2-0 but he did do."

Moyes said Van Persie is now "fine" and in contention for a place in United's team to face West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

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