Robin van Persie: Manchester United players behind Louis van Gaal, despite recent poor form

Striker admitted performance at Cambridge was not good enough

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Robin van Perise has admitted that Manchester United players are still confident in Louis van Gaal, despite a recent run of poor results.

The 0-0 draw at League Two Cambridge United means United have won just two of their six matchers since the New Year, against Yeovil and QPR, and just three of their last eight.

The former Arsenal striker insists the rest of his team-mates are fully behind their manager.

"I have known him for over two years now, I know how he works," Van Persie added.

"We believe in him. We will still believe in him. The players have been working with him only four or six months, everyone believes in themselves, our team-mates and our staff. We are confident it will change.

"Him and his coaching staff and we as players are trying everything we can to win games, not only win games but win them in a nice way as well."

Van Persie admits United's draw at League Two opposition last week was not good enough.

The forward, who won the FA Cup with Arsenal, has been encouraged to see the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham exit the competition, though.

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Van Persie has insisted the players are behind their manager

"After the game against Cambridge, everyone was a little bit down," Van Persie said.

"But in a way on Saturday the whole mood changed. City were out, Chelsea were out and suddenly we are in it with a home tie against Cambridge. We are the highest-ranked team left in the competition."

Van Persie is desperate to win the cup with United, who have gone through a barren spell in the competition of late.

"I think it is vital (we win a trophy this year), especially with this cup," he said. "I think it has been 11 years since Manchester United won it last. That was actually the first thing that Sir Alex Ferguson said to me as well - he said 'I want to win that cup'.

"We want to win it."

Additional reporting from PA

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