Robin van Persie lashes out at Louis van Gaal

The Netherlands international left Manchester United to sign for Fenerbahce and says that he was never given a fair opportunity by the manager to show his real form

It was quite surprising to see the striker seal a lucrative move to the Turkish giants and there had been reports that the player was frustrated and annoyed at the way his departure was orchestrated. And now, it is clear that both RVP and LVG are not looking eye to eye with the former Arsenal striker not happy with the way he was treated last season after he came back from a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury.

“That was one of the first signals things weren’t going in the right direction,” he told the Sunday Times.

“I asked to play in the reserves, to get my minutes, but after was on the bench again. The atmosphere changed between me and Louis and people at the club saw it, but I was always professional. At that point I didn’t think to leave. [Van Persie’s wife] Bouchra was happy. The kids were happy. I was happy in Manchester.

“But I was still thinking we could come back from holiday and start from scratch. He had changed his mind about me before. When he took over Holland he said to me ‘You’re the No 3 striker.’ I was ‘O…K…’ but I fought and became the No 1 and his captain.

“But when I came back, it wasn’t an honest battle any more. Fighting to get back in the team wasn’t given me as an option. He was sending me to Pitch Two. And I’m a mature player. I’m not stupid. I didn’t get angry or emotional. These things are part of football, part of life. You have to make the best out of any situation so I’m doing this by moving on.

“I know Louis as a national team coach and now I get to know him as a club coach. And there is a difference.”