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Robin Van Persie Says Manchester United’s Players Need To Adapt To Louis Van Gaal’s Tactics

The striker insists the player’s are to blame for United’s poor form.

Robin Van Persie has defended Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, saying the tactics of the Dutchman aren’t to blame for the Red Devils poor start to the season, the Guardian reports.

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Van Gaal has introduced the 3-5-2 formation at Old Trafford, the system he favoured using during his time as the Dutch national coach.

Several pundits have blamed United’s poor start to the season on the 63 year old’s tactics, with former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness saying his old rivals could struggle with the new formation for months.

Van Persie has lept to the defence of his manager, saying the players need to be quicker in adapting to van Gaal’s methods.

”It’s plain and simple,” Van Persie said. ”The manager chooses his tactics. We, the players, have nothing else to do than to execute what the manager has in his mind.

”Tactics and formation are matters for the manager and his staff, not something the players must get involved in. We, the players, have not been educated as coaches. We are players, we play. I don’t think we should even want to get involved in tactical discussions.”

The 20 time league champions have yet to win a competitive game under the former Ajax coach despite several big money signings arriving at the Theatre of Dreams during the summer.

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