Van Persie not convinced by Moyes
An undisclosed source claiming to be Robin Van Persie’s friend has revealed that the Dutch star is not entirely sold on newly-appointed manager David Moyes.
Sir Alex Ferguson persuaded Van Persie to move to Manchester United from Arsenal in 2012, inspiring arguably the striker’s most impressive season in the Premiership. 30 goals in all competitions last season was an impressive return for the £22.5 million transfer from Arsenal.
The source is quoted in the Daily Star as saying; “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.”
The proof is in the pudding
United are traditionally slow starters.
However, two games without goals and a lack of an incisive cutting edge previously expected under Ferguson, has caused further scrutiny of Moyes’ leadership.
The last-ditched addition of Marouane Fellaini to the squad from Everton for £27.5 million, £4 million more than his buy-out clause was reflective of an insipid and unproductive transfer policy this summer.
Van Persie among others might well question the new manager’s competence on and off the training ground.
The fact of the matter is the former Everton manager has exactly the same squad that his Scottish compatriot had at his disposal last season, a campaign that saw the champions take six points from Liverpool and three from Chelsea.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool effectively limited United’s offensive threat, leading to the striker uncharacteristically losing his cool against the Merseysiders on Sunday.
The Daily Star’s source goes on to say; “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.”
Ironically in this day an age of increasingly dwindling privacy, it could be perceived as ‘silly’ to criticize your brand-new boss.
The ghost of Fergie
Ferguson’s shoes were always going to be impossible to fill, and one must give credit to Moyes for having the nerve to take on the daunting challenge.
However, if he fails to keep his number one striker happy, the Red Devils might find this campaign considerably more arduous without their most potent weapon firing on all cylinders.
It must be noted that Sir Alex took four years to win an F.A. Cup and six years to finally win the title.
Whether United’s current owners and fans will have the same foresight and patience is up for debate.