Manchester United transfer news: Robin van Persie wants to fight for future despite Louis van Gaal demanding more effort from the striker

Van Gaal concerned that Van Persie could no longer cope with intensity

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Robin van Persie is understood to believe that his career and settled family life in England are worth fighting for at the club.

That is despite Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal having indicated to him that he to be able to demonstrate greater intensity in training to make the starting XI on a regular basis.

Van Gaal has the same concerns about Van Persie that he did with an ageing Mark van Bommel when managing Bayern Munich.

He fears that the striker can no longer cope with the intensity he demands in training sessions, in the same way that Radamel Falcao did not when he arrived last season.

Van Gaal always sets huge store in players being able to deliver maximum work-out in his intensive training sessions.

He told Van Bommel that he should move to Italy where he could chose his moments of impact because the pace of the game was slower and the average age of players higher. But with few clubs likely to be able to match Van Persie’s wages in any case, the Dutchman seems to want to stay and fight.