Manchester United Boss David Moyes Denies Robin Van Persie Rift Talk

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22:  David Moyes the manager of Manchester United talks with Robin Van Persie prior to a training session at Aon Training Complex on October 22, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester United boss David Moyes has rubbished suggestions of a rift between himself and star striker Robin van Persie.

Reports have been swirling as to the state of the relationship between manager and player, while back in September, van Persie denied there were any issues, as per talkSPORT.

The talk has not gone away and Moyes was asked to comment on a report in van Persie’s native Netherlands that said their relationship had soured.

Speaking during his press conference on Friday, Moyes was at pains to stress there are no issues between the pair.

The Mail’s Chris Wheeler has the quotes:

I would say that’s complete nonsense.

Contrary to what you’ve said, I’ve only found him fantastic to work with. I’m finding it hard to answer it because he’s been that good.

All that stuff you’re saying is a load of rubbish. I don’t even need to answer it because it’s such rubbish. He’s been great, fantastic.

Van Persie joined the Red Devils from Arsenal last year and produced a sizzling first season in United colours to help them lift the Premier League title.

The 30-year-old has netted four goals in the Premier League this season, per, but has not been in the same devastating form as last term.

Moyes, though, is happy with how van Persie is performing, given the striker has been carrying injuries into games. The United boss said:

He is doing some great stuff for us

He’s been taking injections in one of his small toes and then he got the other one stood on at Shakhtar Donetsk, so his toes have been bothering him for a long time. 

Van Persie sat out the win over Real Socieadad in the Champions League in midweek on account of injury but is expected to return against Stoke on Saturday.

Speaking to United's official website, Moyes said:  "Robin has a good chance. He's had problems with his toes and a little bit with his groin as well, but I think he should be OK."