Louis van Gaal to Manchester United: Robin van Persie says he cannot wait to play for the 'direct' Netherlands coach at United
Van Persie is currently Van Gaal's captain for the national team
Sunday 25 May 2014
Van Gaal signed a three-year deal at Old Trafford earlier this week to replace David Moyes, who was sacked last month after a horror season in which United finished seventh in the Premier League and failed to qualify for Europe.
Van Gaal, who describes himself as "confident, arrogant, dominant, honest, hard-working and innovative" arrives with a proven track record having won league titles at Ajax Amsterdam, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich as well as the Champions League in 1995.
His approach has been described as "strict" by former Netherlands midfielder Ronald de Boer but Van Persie said he favours his compatriots managerial style.
"It is a different sort of approach to what I was used to with previous coaches but I like it," Van Persie told The Sun on Sunday.
"It is a very Dutch way of doing things - very direct but intended to make us better players."
Van Persie arrived at Old Trafford in 2012 and fired United to the title with 30 goals in all competitions but endured a frustrating campaign last season that was disrupted by injuries.
The 30-year-old has a strong relationship with Van Gaal having been named the permanent captain of the Netherlands national team last year.
Van Persie had been linked with an exit from Old Trafford but following the arrival of Van Gaal has given the strongest indication yet that he may remain at United.
"I have enjoyed the past two years with Holland a great deal," he said.
"He is very clear in what he says. I am now going to go through another two-year process with Van Gaal and I am looking forward to it."
Van Persie's United team mate, Danny Welbeck, echoed his sentiments regarding the 62-year-old's appointment.
"I am happy. He is a great man, a great manager. Looking at his CV tells you he has managed at some big clubs," he said.
Latest in Sport
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Michel Platini will consider pulling England and other Uefa members out of the World Cup if Sepp Blatter wins Fifa president election
Manchester United season player ratings: Grading Louis van Gaal's entire squad
Psychic penguins have made their pick for Arsenal vs Aston Villa in the FA Cup final...
How to boycott Fifa - a football fan's guide
- 1 Autistic adults could take pure MDMA to 'reduce social anxiety'
- 2 Before you complain about your GP, this is what you need to know about actually doing the job
- 3 Father of 12 accused of raping, beating, starving and abusing his own children in US 'cult'
- 4 Britain's Got Talent 2015: Jamie Raven divides Twitter as fans expose mind-boggling magic trick
- 5 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: not a Mexican demon being summoned — it's gravity
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote