Man Utd boss Moyes impressed by van Persie

David Moyes has admitted he is impressed by what he has seen up close of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, Sky Sports has reported.

Van Persie has joined up with his United teammates in Sydney and though it is early in the Netherlands international’s pre-season training, his new manager Moyes likes what he sees, having previously only admired the former Arsenal forward from afar.

We’ve enjoyed him being here. He met up with us when we arrived in Sydney, he’s trained quite a bit on his own,” Moyes said at a press conference. He added: “I’m really looking forward to seeing him start and get him playing again. He was a massively important player for Manchester last season and (we’re) hoping he’ll have as big an influence again this season.

I got to see him this week for the first time and I mean his control, his touch, his awareness, just in small games we’ve played this week. I’ve really been impressed by his professionalism as well, the way he’s gone about his work, he’s trained hard this week,” the former Everton boss continued.

Van Persie scored 30 goals in 48 appearances in his first season at Old Trafford after leaving Arsenal, scoring a hat-trick in the game against Aston Villa that clinched the title with a handful of games to spare. And Moyes is hopeful of bringing that form out of the 29-year-old again in the coming campaign.

What we are doing is trying to get him into a condition where he is ready to do exactly what he’s done last season which was score goals for Manchester United and he was a really big influence in the team. So we’re hoping to get more of that this season,” Moyes said.

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