Holland manager Louis van Gaal claims striker Robin van Persie finds playing at Manchester United difficult, stressing that “he loves to play in the Dutch squad” and show his techniques, thereby heaping more pressure on under-fire boss David Moyes.

Van Persie was United’s top scorer last season, finishing the 2012/2013 campaign on a high under retired Sir Alex Ferguson with 20 goals, which helped the Red Devils to clinch their record 20th Premier League title.

And just like most of United’s misfiring squad, Van Persie has been out of sorts this term as Moyes’s team sit in an unusual seventh spot on the log.

However the Holland manager, whose side kick off the tournament against champions Spain, is currently in Brazil alongside Roy Hodgson and all World Cup managers for a FIFA workshop, insisted his skipper can still shine in Brazil, because he is more comfortable there.

“I think he should be great in the tournament because he loves to play in the Dutch squad,” van Gaal said.

“The football from Man Utd now is for him maybe difficult but then he wishes to show his techniques. Techniques in the Dutch team for him is higher.

“He has shown that all the qualification matches more than ever because he’s our top scorer and I hope he can continue this.’

Van Gaal also confirmed he has been in contact with Tottenham Hotspur and he might take over from Tim Sherwood after the summer World Cup in Rio.

“I am mostly interested in England because I have been a training coach in Spain, Germany, in the Netherlands so I think England is the next step in my career.

“It could be another club [other than Spurs], it depends on the vacancies because Spurs was already [in touch] with me, I prefer be focused on this World Cup and now there’ s another coach [Sherwood] so as coach you cannot say I go to that club or that club, it depends on circumstances.”


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