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RvP: I’m very happy at United and I want to extend my contract

Robin van Persie has given a fantastic interview with the club’s official magazine ahead of Sunday’s game against Liverpool.

“The truth is I’m very happy at this club,” Van Persie said. “I signed for four years and I’d be delighted to stay even longer, beyond the next two years I have left on my contract. This is how I feel, although it’s not what has been suggested in the media.”

He also claimed to be content with Moyes and United’s squad. “I’m very happy with my team-mates and I’m very happy with my manager and his staff. The sessions we have on the training ground are fantastic and I’m learning a lot from them every day.

“I’ve been a professional footballer for 12 years now and there’s no doubt I’m learning new things and progressing with David Moyes.

“Over the last few years I’ve started to look more closely at the way coaches work to learn from them – not just here at the club but with the international team as well.

“I’ve worked with some brilliant coaches and I’ve taken a real interest in all the methods they use and the choices they make. And I can tell you that Moyes’s sessions and the things he says in his team meetings are spot on. I really enjoy working under him and I’m absolutely convinced things will pick up and we’ll turn it around.

“I don’t do a lot of interviews. I think you can count my interviews this season on one hand, so maybe it’s the case that when I do speak people want to turn it into something sensational. I don’t mind that – it’s part of the business we are in. I don’t mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I’ve done on the pitch. They can talk about my game 24/7 for all I care. And a lot of those opinions and criticisms may actually be right. So I don’t mind that.

“What I need to address are the situations when people are taking it upon themselves to think for me, make assumptions, or interpret things as if they are me. Last time I checked my head was still attached to my body, so I’m the only one who knows exactly what I’m feeling and that is not what I or the fans have been reading. I know I probably only see about 10% of what’s written about me but the things I have read recently aren’t based on the truth.

“Like I said, talk about my performances or talk about a tackle that was too late, I don’t mind, but it goes too far when people start suggesting, amongst other things, that I have a bad understanding with the manager.

“That’s not true at all. There is mutual respect between us and the work environment is actually good. He really wants things to work here at Manchester United and I want the same, just like the other players. We’re all working hard to make this work.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Tommy says:

    David Moyes says United are pleased by Robin van Persie’s desire to join Wayne Rooney in staying at the club : “We’ve got two outstanding forwards in Wayne and Robin. I’m delighted both are showing they want to be Manchester United players.”

  2. evered7 says:

    Now please show it by scoring two past Liverpool. Best way to back up your statement :)

    Liverpool are not good defensively. We surely have to take a go at their defense. No point playing for a draw.

  3. WeAreUnitedd says:

    I think we are not comprehending what we have

    we have

    Wayne Rooney one of the best players in the PL, Robin Van Persiee with 2 years in a row probably top3 strikers in the PL (Aguero Suarez), Juan Mata arguably top2 attacking midfielders in the PL (Silva)
    Nani a ballon do’r nominee and in his best days a beast, Kagawa one of the best attacking midfielders who needs to find his place with us, Adnan Januzaj one of the most exiting young players to come and it says a lot when Barca is lurking for you. Fellaini arguably a mnystery for us but has teared attacks apart we’ll see what’s to come.

    These players can get us very far if and when Moyes gets them realise that after all, it’s all about Manchester United! I feel a good vibe coming through

    I hope it will be translated into the game!

    BUZZIN, and it has been a while.

  4. Fletch™ says:

    Very good news about injuryies from Moyes:


    “Nani is back. He had a really bad hamstring injury. But he is back and has trained. Hopefully we get him up to speed very quickly
    “Rafael, Javier Hernandez and Jonny Evans are all coming along. They all have a chance of playing on Sunday.”

    RE CBs.
    “I’m pleased with the young boys. We’ve had great service from Rio and Vida and we’re using them because we need their experience. With the amount of games we have coming up we’re going to need them to be fit and healthy.”

  5. The One says:

    …..and there were many posters here slating David Moyes, calling him useless and demanding that he be sacked. Most of them come on here when United lose or play badly while some others hang around here, win, lose or draw, finding fault with DM at every opportunity!! Deluded lot!!

  6. Fletch™ says:

    Moyes talking about the possibility to sign players before the World Cup.
    Also talks about RvP influence and the fact that he Robin has now confirmed much of which DM has been saying right along.

  7. Mark Haslam says:

    Just Heard the Moyes conference and he says Liverpool come to Old Trafford as Favorites?? WHAT??? Liverpool have never come to Old Trafford as Favorites and Moyes, shame on you for even thinking it, never mind saying it. The last thing we want is Liverpool coming to Old Trafford thinking there Favorites to win. No other team come to Old Trafford favorites other than United regardless who there playing. That’s the mind set regardless of the shit season we are having. I think Mr Moyes needs reminding he’s managing United now not Everton. SHOCKING!!!

  8. Fletch™ says:

    Mark Haslam….. Do sit down son! NO, MOYES DIDN’T SAY THAT.

    Asked [by journalist] if it was accurate to say Liverpool are favourites to win on Sunday, Moyes replied: “It may well be. Their league position suggests they’re ahead of us and they possibly do come here as favourites.
    “Liverpool are having a very good season. They’re our next game at home and we have to do all we possibly can to beat them. We’ve got big games coming up this month so it will be important.”

    Ofcourse he will want to take pressure off the lads, but make no mistake, No one at United think we don’t have a good chance of winning this.

    If you want to go quoting Moyes. I rather like
    “They’re our next game at home and we have to do all we possibly can to beat them”


  9. Fletch™ says:

    It is Rogers who might be missing it actually.
    Sounding like they are more focused on higher up the table than on “a team in 7th place”

    Oi, Brendan! “United are in 5th Place”! Get it right son! :lol:

    Liverpool have lost the last 6 games at OT and conceeded 11 to 5 in the process.
    United have won 10 of the last 12 at home, and 6 on the trot.
    Last time Liverpool got a point off United at home was 2009
    Ronaldo still, played for us.
    Messi had never won a Ballon d’Or.
    We still went on to be champions.

    Just sayin!

  10. Fletch™ says:

    Sorry **** 6th Place*** Fingers muddled ;)

  11. Fletch™ says:

    Anelka Quits West Brom!

    “For Integrity” says he?! :roll:

    via le equipe (In French)

  12. samuel - united WE stand says:

    hardly deluded if people want to express their thoughts.. it isn’t anyone’s problem if people are dinosaurs and lack the ability to string adequate intelligent counter argument to the views of others without resulting to petty kindergarten tactics.

  13. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Moyes team selection and tactics will determine what happens against pool. tough game, the home record has been dreadful but united have enough fire-power to claim a victory regardless. suarez and sturridge are both looked at but i think another big threat is coutinho, a true class act in that attacking area.. i think united have to get to grips with the midfield, united have to control the flow of the game and disrupt the effectiveness of suarez.. i think if the right players are picked in a flexible system, united can get the win.. be compact, solid and organised and defend as a unit.

  14. samuel - united WE stand says:

    nice to see luis nani back.. anything to stop young making it to the pitch. He’s got quality and if played with players with similar technical qualities then he’ll shine.. He is a match winner and united need as much of them.. The hamstring injuries are frequent lately, perhaps he needs some advice off giggs in terms of yoga or whatever he did to overcome his own issues at the time. Hopefully rafael will be fit for this one, cannot afford smalling at fullback, the team lacks balance.. chris can hopefully develop into top centre-half but he needs regular game time there to gain more experience and it will say a lot if moyes were to trust him and jones in this big game against the two in form forwards in the league and if they come through with flying colours, it will only build their confidence..

  15. Fletch™ says:

    Think nerves could play into this. Gerrard and Skirtl the only pool players who will remember winning at OT from 2009.
    6 straight losses will be something to overcome.

    I personally like our chances.

    Agreed about the MF.
    I think the back 4 is also critical.
    Has to be very mobile. If Rafael is at RB we have a much better transition than if Smalling is there.
    Hope we see Smalling and Evan(if fit, Jones if not) at CB. Vidic could do a job, but don’t think Rio has it from his last few outings.
    Be a test for the back 4.

    At the front, Robin and Rooney need to bury whatever has been holding them back.
    Liverpool surely have a goal in them
    We need to have more for them.
    Welbeck on the wing as Nani will probably still not be ready.

  16. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    GREAT news with the return of Nani and Evans. Evans should be back in the starting line-up by wednesday. Our best defender easily right now. The most composed as well.

    Nani’s return is LONNNNGGGG OVERDUE. A serious threat from the bench and gives us a unique option to call on. Very happy he’s back. Looking forward to the game. We’ll be up for it no doubt. Any player who is flat on Sunday should be on the chopping block. That is one thing no fan will take, players who don’t play with passion against Liverpool.

  17. Tommy says:


    Moyes said in interview on MUTV that Nani is training but the games comes too soon for him, I would be shocked if he even made the bench on sunday

  18. m09538061 says:

    City,after there dismal week..We are r tired.Sergio is injured.Ooh we have played a lot of games.Well you bitters to be the best you havee to deal with it all but that club will always be in our shadows they have all had a good laugh at us this season but we are Man United and dont give a fuck,we will be back.
    Bring on the ‘Dippers’.

  19. John says:

    Those are the rehearsed line under pressure from club. Coming summer will be interesting. Whoever David Moyes buys he is waiting for a sack. World class players + Mid table manager = Midtable position for the club. Average players + World class manager = Anything is possible. World class players + World class manager = FANS HAPPY :D

  20. John says:

    Moyes said: “Liverpool and Brendan might have benefited from being out of Europe. Certainly this year we think it’s been a big benefit. I think Liverpool were an improving side last year. A lot of people questioned it but I always felt they would be there or thereabouts.

    “Their fixture list … gave them a great opportunity to start the season well. They’ve grown in confidence from that and securing [Luis] Suárez on a new contract has been a big boost for the club.”

    Despite his comments about Liverpool, Moyes, left, does not want United to miss out on continental competition. “I’m planning to be in Europe. I want to be in Europe and I’m planning to win the games to get in there,” the Scot said.

    After Liverpool, United hope to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Olympiakos in the Champions League before the Manchester derby on Tuesday. “Positive results would make a big, big difference if we could do that and we will try and do so. People could change their views. But I can only take one game at a time,” Moyes said. “You know what we are. We are a work in progress. But I hope we can show what we are capable of in those games. We are capable of winning those games. The players have shown it to me recently. Definitely with the exception of Olympiakos game I think we have played quite well.”

    With 10 matches left Moyes is confident his side can have a successful end to the campaign. “I think Manchester United have always been in strong positions coming into the end of the season. We’re maybe not in as strong a position as we’d like to be but I think in every other season they’ve been very good at this stage coming into the final furlong. We’ve got big games coming up this month.”
    *************************************DAVID MOYES*************************************************

  21. Redfrog says:

    Exited for tomorrow games lads ! Cannot wait it.
    Also a good news about City : Kompagny won’t play as he gets a red just now against Hull.

  22. m09538061 says:

    Deluded Brendan Rodgers thinks we wont be able to buy the top players if we are not in the Champions League?
    That should be read out in tomorrow’s team talk if that doesn’t motivate our team then they can all fuck off,II want a good team performance and positivity.

  23. Martin Thomas says:

    Brendan Rodgers is full of shit. After all, LFC themselves have signed some decent players, and they’re not in the Champions League. There must be Liverpool players who cringe with embarrassment every time Rodgers opens his mouth. I am sure Rodgers just makes it up as he goes along.. He is trying to do a Fergie or Mourinho (mind games, pushing buttons etc) and failing miserably. He should stick to looking at that huge floodlit picture of himself in his own house (true!). Big headed knobend… Shanks he most certainly isn’t….

    Let’s hope United do it tomorrow, and Moyes give a big V sign to the press box…

  24. Ian Nichol says:

    Regardless of these comments from RVP and Moyes’s more upbeat manner I am still very strongly of the view that he is not good enough to be UTD’s manager and that he should be dismissed at the end of the season (or in 2 weeks if we get beaten by Loserpool, the Greeks and Shitty!).
    Beating the mighty (ironic!) West Brom has not changed my position on Moyes.

  25. demoniclsayer says:

    I dont really care about their mind game. Just hoping for a positive performance and shutting up those fanatic LFC fans.

  26. Redfrog says:

    Rodgers is just hoping that we will stay 20 years without the title as Liverpool. It will never happen, we are much bigger then them and always will be.

  27. The One says:

    One more thing, there were quite a few on here slating Moyes for not playing Zaha more – hmm, the guy’s not getting much of a look in while on loan at Cardiff as well….

  28. Redfrog says:

    @The One…Totally agree with you. I have seen nothing yet of Zaha that suggest he is ready for first team at United. Don’t get me wrong he is exciting young player but nowhere near yet to Januzaj level of maturity…and Januzaj is 3 years younger and then has more potential. Moyes was spot on to keep Januzaj as regular

  29. I dont like Welbeck says:

    Man Utd boss David Moyes by his former performance psychologist Michael Finnigan

    a view about the gaffer

  30. The One says:

    Redfrog, agree with you too, he’s nowhere near yet to Januzaj’s level of maturity even though Januzaj’s younger. There’s something amiss with Zaha which I can’t put my finger to, perhaps a lack of application at Premiership level. It’ll be a big loss to United and really tragic waste of talent if he doesn’t fulfill his full potential. I was really hoping he’d push on after his loan spell at C. Palace but he obviously hasn’t. He can’t even get a regular look-in at Cardiff, so he’s clearly not ready for United.


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