Robin van Persie has moved quickly to rubbish reports emerging on Thursday which claim he is unhappy with life under Manchester United boss David Moyes.
Former United skipper Sir Alex Ferguson signed van Persie last summer, and David Woods of the Daily Star claimed the Dutch forward told a friend he “has yet to be convinced” by new boss Moyes.
However, van Persie reacted immediately, speaking to De Telegraaf, per United’s official website:
It’s great working with the new manager, David Moyes. He has his own style and methods and I like these.
We have been working very hard from the day we started our tour to Asia and Australia. This will result in good matches - that's for sure. There is a very good atmosphere at the club.
I'm happy with the style of Moyes. He does his own training sessions; he's close with the players and, with his staff, prepares us very well for the next opponents. That keeps us in shape. And he has given us hunger for more [success].
Van Persie made a sparkling start to the new campaign, scoring braces in the Community Shield game with Wigan and the opening Premier League clash at Swansea.
However, he failed to find the net against Chelsea and Liverpool, and Woods reported that the striker’s confrontational attitude against the Reds was a result of his frustration with Moyes, quoting a friend of the Dutchman as saying:
Robin isn't happy and when that's the case he can't hide it on the pitch.
When he's frustrated he is capable of doing something silly, and you could see that against Liverpool.
He feels it isn't the same with the new manager as he misses working with Fergie, who he really loved playing under. Some of Moyes' training methods are not to his liking either.
Van Persie was a public advocate of Ferguson, but it seems there is little for him to complain about under the new regime, which continues to earmark the Dutchman as the focal point of United’s attack.
Does Robin van Persie look a different player under Moyes?
Moyes has not drastically changed the shape of the Old Trafford outfit, still encouraging the ball to go wide with van Persie as the lead striker.
Claims of concern over Moyes’ training methods is a matter that will stay behind closed doors, but it is highly unlikely van Persie would have responded so quickly with glowing comments about his boss if he were unhappy with the current setup.