World Cup 2014: Robin van Persie will be 100% fit in Brazil, insists Louis van Gaal

The Dutch pair will also feature for Manchester United next season

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal expects Robin van Persie to hit peak fitness for the start of the World Cup.

Manchester United striker Van Persie is hoping to get back to his best in Brazil after a frustrating and injury-hit season at Old Trafford.

The 30-year-old has scored in friendlies against Ecuador and Ghana in recent weeks as he steps up his recovery from a knee problem.

Van Persie missed six weeks of action towards the end of United's campaign, returning only for their last three Barclays Premier League games. He had been troubled by thigh problems earlier in the season.

Van Gaal kept a close eye on Van Persie's most recent rehabilitation having been given permission by United - the club that would later appoint him as manager - to bring him to a training base in Holland.

The 62-year-old, who will link up with Van Persie full time at United next season, said: "He is not 100 per cent, but we have two weeks to go. I think he will be 100 per cent.

"He is coming out of injury but we built him already up in our federation, our medical department.

"It was under the permission of David Moyes.

 

"So we could control him, he has worked very hard.

"Then he played two matches of 20 or 30 minutes and the last match 70 minutes.

"We did not expect that as the injury was bad."

Van Persie is likely to be given another run-out as Holland take on Wales in Amsterdam on Wednesday in their final friendly before flying to Brazil.

The Dutch then begin their World Cup campaign against holders Spain in a repeat of the 2010 final in Salvador on June 13. They face Australia and Chile in their other Group B games.

Holland have finished runners-up three times at the World Cup and Van Gaal feels that past record perhaps places unrealistic expectations on his current squad.

He said: "The purpose is to win the World Cup and the purpose of the board is the semi-finals.

"I think it's a big purpose - the purpose is maybe too big an expectation.

"I think this team can beat all, but we can also lose.

"That's sport and we accept that but it's difficult for the Dutch people to accept."

The pressure, however, is not something that bothers veteran Van Gaal, who has a proven track record of success from his club career with Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich.

He said: "You do not know Louis Van Gaal! I give myself more pressure than anyone else. I will always win."

Van Gaal's future beyond the World Cup was the subject of considerable speculation before his appointment as Moyes's successor at United was confirmed last month.

Ideally the manager would now like those members of his Holland squad who also have decisions to make over their futures to do so before the action begins in Brazil.

Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm is maybe one such player having been linked with Liverpool.

Van Gaal, however, is issuing no ultimatums over the matter.

He said: "It is always better (to have it resolved), but it is not like that, it is the world of football. It is always in the process.

"As well as Michel Vorm we have another five players who are negotiating with other clubs.

"That is football. You cannot delete it. You have to manage it."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones