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Van Persie: Honour to captain this team

After a fantastic performance against Spain, scoring two goals, Robin van Persie was subbed off in Holland’s round of 16 game. Afterwards, Louis van Gaal confirmed it was a tactical decision, not forced through injury.

“This coach wants to win,” said Van Persie. “So he makes substitutions. It’s simple. We played three different formations, so it’s a big compliment to the players that they picked up on it so quickly.”

Van Persie has reiterated comments made by Van Gaal this week about the press in Holland, whilst always stating how proud he is to be captain of his country.

“Let me tell you, the Dutch media thought we would never survive the first round but we have an outstanding spirit and everyone feels we can win it, that it really is possible,” he continued. “To be the captain of this squad makes me incredibly proud. It’s a huge honour to be here, at this stage, wearing the armband, because we are a real team.”

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  1. ashtheking says:

    Another 30+ goals this season please rvp. I have a. Feeling it is coming.

  2. Tommy says:

    RVP for the golden boot next season is a sure bet, if the sewer rat departing for Spain, he will have no real compeition for the golden boot. I would also put money on him being the next United captain and I am sure he will love it as much as he seems to love being the Dutch captain

  3. John says:

    RVP captain of The Netherlands, captain of Manchester United FC does let the little boy inside of him speak. The guy is a class.

  4. mjcRED says:

    Robin you’re a class act. If we can somehow recoup 5m for Fellaini and 10-12m for Rooney, Van Gaal will begin to see what is needed to put us back on the right track with these two underwhelming distractions out of the way.

    Even if we weren’t to make a single other signing, I cannot wait for this season to begin. This guy restore the pride that vanished under the bungling Moyes and Fergie who’s fire had diminished in the last few years of his tenure.

  5. Tommy says:


    “Fergie who’s fire had diminished in the last few years of his tenure.” laughable, he only won 2 league titles in his last 3 years and the one he lost was on goal difference, you can accuse Fergie of a lot of things but sheer will to win and passion to win, he had no equal up to the very dat he retired.


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