Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has begun his preparations for the new season by returning to training.
The star player had a successful 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil earlier this summer, helping the Netherlands reach the semi-finals of the tournament.
The 30-year-old did not travel with the rest of the Red Devils squad to the USA and started training at the Aon Training Complex on Monday.
Back in training today after a short break. Looking forward to the new season sooo much!! Hope you all feeling the same @ManUtd— Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official) August 4, 2014
United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Van Persie will not play in any game for a while, ruling his Dutch compatriot out of their opening game of the Premier League season against Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16.
But once Van Persie returns to full fitness, he will be determined to establish himself in Van Gaal’s starting line-up and start banging in the goals.
Last season the former Arsenal captain, who joined United from the Gunners in the summer of 2012 for a transfer fee of £24 million, struggled with injuries and did not have a great time under then manager David Moyes, as the Manchester outfit finished as low as seventh in the league table.
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This term it promises to be different under former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Van Gaal, as the three-time European champions have renewed optimism and hope.
Van Persie will have to be at the top of his game for United if they are to win the Premier League. The former Feyenoord star will be the team’s number one centre-forward and will have to hit top form as soon as he is fit to start a competitive match.
Can Robin van Persie return to his best under Louis van Gaal?