Man Utd’s Van Persie reveals Dutch crisis talks

Holland and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed that his national team boss Guus Hiddink travelled to Manchester in order to discuss the poor start they have made under him, the Daily Star is reporting.

The transition from now Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to Guus Hiddink has not been smooth and the Dutch find themselves with two losses from their opening three Euro 2016 qualifiers – and look a shadow of the side that finished third at this year’s World cup in Brazil.

Hiddink’s men have put in some dismal displays during the defeats to Iceland and Czech Republic and the experienced 67-year-old already finds his position under scrutiny.

But Van Persie believes the former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Russia boss is determined to put things right for his country and revealed that he even travelled to Manchester to hold talks with his captain about different ways of going forward to improve their fortunes.

The 31-year-old striker said: “It was a good, open and honest conversation. It was a critical talk, but it had to be.

“Everyone [from the national squad] is convinced it has to be different and better.

“The coach showed me what he want to see different and better. He showed a huge drive. He was sharp, hard sometimes, also to me. But it should be like that.”

Hiddink has already had one spell in charge of his national side – leading them to the Quarter Finals of Euro 1996, whilst finishing fourth at the 1998 World Cup.

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