Van Persie: Man United clear-the-air meeting lasted an hour

Dutch striker Robin van Persie has revealed that the Manchester United squad held an hour-long meeting to discuss their latest crisis following their humiliating 5-3 capitulation against Leicester City, The Guardian reports.

Van Persie got the ball rolling at the King Power Stadium with a headed goal after 13 minutes, and with the Red Devils 3-1 to the good with little more than half an hour remaining, the result seemed to be a foregone conclusion. However, the Foxes hit back in stunning style, netting four times in the final 28 minutes to secure a famous victory.

“It shouldn’t be possible [to lose like we did],” said van Persie. “But it still happened. We have to deal with it. We had a proper look at it next day. Sometimes it was a bit confronting and it was a long meeting. One hour [or] something.”

Van Persie revealed that the meeting had primarily focussed on the defensive errors that allowed Leicester to register their goal blitz. But he insisted that the whole team had to take responsibility.

“When you look at the defensive mistakes, it starts somewhere else,” he said. “That’s where we looked at as well. It’s not just the one mistake which happens. There’s a mistake before the mistake and before the mistake, maybe positional wise. Everyone knows where we have to improve.”

United were among the biggest spenders in the summer transfer window, landing the spectacular captures of the likes of Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo. But the expensively assembled squad have failed to fire thus far, registering just one win (4-0 against Queens Park Rangers) despite having yet to face any of their big rivals for the places at the top of the Premier Leauge.

But van Persie feels that the meeting was productive, and that they were focussed on the challenges ahead, starting with the visit of West Ham United this weekend.

“We went from there, started again this week [and have put] a couple of really good sessions in. Everyone feels ready to face West Ham,” van Persie said.

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