Robin van Persie Shows His Full Support for David Moyes at Manchester United

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2014

Manchester United's Robin van Persie during his team's English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Wednesday Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Robin van Persie has given his full backing to David Moyes as Manchester United manager, despite the trials and tribulations with which his side have come into contact so far this season.

However, the Red Devils ace does admit United have dropped too many points this term.

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Van Persie insists that after coming into the role to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes needs time to settle at Old Trafford. He is reported by the Press Association (h/t The Guardian) as saying:

I think he needs time like everyone, especially if you are new at such a big club. And to be fair, I don't think people don't understand that they have to give him a little bit more time, and I am talking about fans or even us. He will get that time and everyone is convinced that we will change things sooner rather than later.

We lost many points this season, too many in our opinion, because if you want to go for all the trophies, you have to play better and get more wins in—but we are doing everything we can to change that. The manager is our leading man in that case and he is trying his best and I think he will turn things around.

The reigning Premier League champions have been forced to endure their worst start to a season in some 24 years during Moyes' maiden campaign in charge.

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As things stand, United are seventh in the English top flight, 11 points away from leaders Arsenal, and have already been axed from the FA Cup thanks to a third-round exit at the hands of Swansea City.

Van Persie's commitment to the cause comes just a week after The Guardian's Jamie Jackson wrote that there was unrest in the United dressing room.

This came as a result of the club losing three consecutive games for the first time since 2001. That included slipping to a 2-1 deficit after the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland.

Moyes needs all the plaudits he can get at the moment, with Champions League qualification for next season by no means a guarantee for the reigning champions.

Next on the agenda for Moyes, but not an injured van Persie, is the trip to Chelsea this weekend, which promises to have a great bearing on that European hunt.

As Paddy Power shows, Moyes has plenty of reason to be concerned about his visit to Stamford Bridge:

Van Persie experienced instant success at Old Trafford, winning the Premier League title in his first season as a United player following his big-money move from Arsenal.

However, the Dutchman had been reported to be unhappy under Moyes earlier in the season, something he denied in September, per Simon Stone of The Independent.

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Van Persie's latest comments act as a fresh indicator of his intention to knuckle down and support Moyes during these difficult times. This will surely come as a relief to United officials and fans.

Loyalty is among the most valued traits running around the Theatre of Dreams, and it seems van Persie is right behind his manager as United bid to drag themselves out of their slump.