David Moyes hopeful Robin van Persie has a 'big influence' on Manchester United's season

The striker scored 30 goals in all competitions last term

It has not taken striker Robin van Persie long to impress Manchester United manager David Moyes.

The Holland international only linked up with his team-mates in Sydney on Sunday after missing the first 10 days of United's pre-season programme.

With 30 goals in all competitions last season, Van Persie was one of the major reasons why United were able to scoop a record 20th championship by an 11-point margin.

Now Moyes has the task of working with the prolific Dutchman and he already likes what he sees.

"I got to see him this week for the first time," said Moyes.

"You can see his ability in the control, touch and awareness he has shown, just in the small games we have played and bits of the finishing he has done this week.

"I have been impressed by his professionalism as well.

"We have overtrained him this week to try and make sure we build up his fitness but he has never complained about a thing."

The punishing nature of Van Persie's training schedule means he will not start tomorrow's encounter with the A-League All Stars at ANZ Stadium.

Moyes confirmed he will be used as a second-half substitute though, before playing a more significant role when United fly off to Japan on Sunday.

"What we are trying to do is get him in a condition that would allow him to do exactly what he did last year; score goals for Manchester United and be a really big influence on the team and its performances," said Moyes.

"I am hoping he will be as big an influence again this season."

Despite having hardly any pre-season work behind him when he left Arsenal for Manchester United, Van Persie made an amazing start, scoring on his home debut against Fulham before claiming a match-winning hat-trick at Southampton.

The 29-year-old did not stop scoring until a mini drought late in the campaign, by which time the Premier League was virtually won anyway.

"I wouldn't say it was a surprise (how well he did)," said United midfielder Michael Carrick.

"It was nice obviously and probably a relief for him because he had made a big move and there was a bit of pressure on his shoulders.

"He got off to a flying start and won us important games. For us to see the goals flying in was great and it carried on through the year.

"It was amazing for a first season."

Moyes also confirmed England international Phil Jones will start tomorrow's game.

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Neil Warnock
football'New' manager for Crystal Palace
News
peopleGerman paper published pictures of 18-month-old daughter
Arts and Entertainment
'A voice untroubled by time': Kate Bush
musicKate Bush set to re-enter album charts after first conerts in 35 years
Sport
Angel Di Maria poses with Louis van Gaal after signing for Manchester United
sport
Arts and Entertainment
BBC series 'Sherlock' scooped a hat-trick of awards on the night. Benedict Cumberbatch received the award for Actor, Miniseries or Movie ('Sherlock: His Last Vow') while Martin Freeman won the award for Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie. Neither actor was present to collect their awards
tv
Life and Style
tech
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Day In a Page

Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
10 best pencil cases

Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis