Man Utd's Van Persie gives insight into Van Gaal's training methods
Robin van Persie has further raised speculation that he may be Manchester United’s most important player next season after claiming that he has a very special relationship with Louis van Gaal. Despite having played for the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, Van Persie rates the relationship with Van Gaal as the best ever he has had with a manager. The 62-year-old Dutchman has been equally paying a lot of compliments to van Persie, who could be made as the new Manchester United captain.
Van Persie also gave a lot of insight into the kind of training regime that Manchester United players can expect under van Gaal. He says that training sessions do not last more than 75 minutes, but highly intensive schedule can be expected in this short period. According to ESPN, he said:
"Every training session is really intense. The coach is onto you every second. We don't do training sessions for two-and-a-half hours -- they're usually an hour and 15 minutes or so -- but they are incredibly intense.
“We've had many great conversations over the past two years about football but also about other things. You don't have that bond with every coach."
Wayne Rooney recently expressed his desire to be the captain of United, although he later revealed that he will have no problems with van Persie getting the armband. After the departure of players like Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, captaincy at United has become a major issue over the last few weeks.
Former manager David Moyes’ training methods reportedly made van Persie unhappy. The former Arsenal striker was severely injury prone until a couple of years ago. A change in the training regime is thought the reason behind van Persie being fit more often than not. Yet, he did not respond in the best manner to Moyes’ training methods.
Even van Gaal said a few months ago that van Persie was not entirely happy with the training methods of Moyes. Back then, he said: "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.”