Dutch striker not yet back in training.
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has dealt a blow to the club’s supporters, by confirming that star striker Robin van Persie will not be match fit to face Swansea City on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, report the Mirror.
Van Persie was given an extended break following The Netherlands’ run to the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will not return to training with United until Monday – as a result, van Gaal has already decided that he won’t be ready to face Swansea in United’s opening match.
Van Gaal is known for his attention to detail and his demands for high levels of fitness for his squad – and van Persie’s former national team manager feels that the former Arsenal striker certainly won’t be ready:
“Robin wants to play every game, I know that, but so do the other 30 players in the squad. But players have to train and Robin needs a full training regime behind him before he can play again.”
It is not clear how long van Gaal expects it to be before his star goalscorer is able to return to selection, although he may feature briefly during United’s final pre-season warm-up match against Valencia.
United didn’t need the Dutchman against Real Madrid in Michigan, however, with two goals from Ashley Young helping the Red Devils to a 3-1 win over the European champions in their latest friendly.