Robin van Persie talks of 'very special' relationship with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
However the striker warns his club team-mates not to expect an easy ride under his Dutch compatriot
Robin van Persie has said his relationship with Louis van Gaal is "very special" and not like anything he has experienced under other coaches.
The Manchester United striker, who has played under Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson among others, is clearly excited at the prospect of the current Netherlands manager taking charge at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal will assume control at United once this summer's tournament in Brazil is over and will seemingly install a tough regime at his new club.
"Every training session is intense," Van Persie warned his United team-mates. "He is on our backs every minute. There is no space to relax, he demands full focus.
"We work very hard for a maximum one hour [and] 15 minutes, never longer. But these 75 minutes are enormously intense."
Despite expecting a tough time under the former Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach, Van Persie is relishing more regular contact with Van Gaal.
"I have never had a relationship with a coach like I have with Van Gaal, it's very special," said Van Persie.
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