Robin van Persie’s questioning of David Moyes’ coaching methods are born out of curiosity rather than frustration, the Dutchman has explained.
His relationship with David Moyes has been a big talking point all season as it has been blamed for Van Persie’s downturn in form but in an insightful interview, Van Persie has explained his questioning comes merely through a desire to find out reasons why certain methods are used.
Van Persie believes it has come as a consequence of his age and recent upheaval with his coaches, both domestically and internationally, and didn’t once mention anything about frustration.
“As I have got older and more experienced, I have become more sensitive to what my coaches are doing,” Van Persie said according to The Mirror.
“I want to know why we are we doing this or why are we training like that.
“I did not ask those kinds of questions when I was a young player, but now I find it interesting to study why my coaches are making certain decisions.
“I want to know why they do things and why they say things to the players, and why they want to play a certain way.
“I think much more about all those things at this stage of my career. I watch the managerial process all of the time.
“I have had a lot of changes in coaches over the last couple of seasons.
“I was eight years with Arsene Wenger, at Arsenal, and, with Holland, it was a similar steady situation with Bert van Marwijk.
“Now, in the last 18 months, I changed from Arsene to Sir Alex and now to David Moyes. With Holland, after Van Marwijk, I have Louis van Gaal, who is a fantastic coach.
“I won’t put one above the other, but I have learnt really good things from each one of them.
“Certain managers can hit the right nerve with a player. They have that quality.
Van Persie’s admission adds fresh light onto his current situation at United. There was no mention of Jurassic training methods, frustration or bitterness towards Moyes’ coaching methods, it was more about a childlike curiosity to learn about what was happening and why it was happening.
The Dutchman also went on to discuss how his love for football hasn’t lessened over the years and talks about his fitness levels in-depth, admitting that the rigours of the Premier League have taken their toll on him.
He added: “I still love my football like crazy. I know there are players who won’t watch a game at all when they are away from football, but I do nothing else but watch games on the telly.
“To me, a good match is like a good movie.
“I can’t say whether I am physically stronger now than four years ago or whether I am weaker.
“We all have pains and aches, but I am convinced that, for every player in the Premier League, it is a struggle to keep fit for a full year.
“The intensity in England cannot be compared to any other football country in the world.
“We have double cup competitions and, if your team is in Europe and you play international games, the workload is incredible.
“I can never stroll through a game. I play – it’s that kind of intensity.
“After 99 out of 100 matches, I am totally exhausted because I want to give everything I have.
“I will never moan about it. I have to handle it like all the other players, but I can tell you that top-level sport is not really healthy.”
Is Van Persie frustrated at United right now? Yes, just like every other United player is probably frustrated at the current state of affairs.
However, the widespread rumours that his relationship with Moyes is untenable seem extremely wide of the mark and while there is a possibility he could leave in the summer, nothing is set in stone yet by a long shot.