Robin Van Persie is the latest Manchester United player to publicly back David Moyes, with the Dutchman admitting that while United have been caught by surprise this season, the former Everton manager remains the right man to lead the club forward and out of the doldrums.
Van Persie has been sidelined for over a month now and has seen his team being knocked out at in the third round of the FA Cup by Swansea and losing the first leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal at Sunderland, but the Dutchman insisted that coaching staff and players are united in a bid to turn things around.
A lot has been made of whether the United striker, whose 30 goals in all competitions last season proved crucial as United clinched their 20th title, enjoys working with David Moyes, as reports claimed that the former Arsenal man was disappointed at Moyes’ training regime and not sold on the Scotsman’s football philosophy.
Van Persie, however, was resolute in defending his manager.
“Moyes needs time, he’s new,” he said. “The manager is our leading man and he will change things around.”
“We lost too many points this year, but we are doing everything we can to change that,” continued RVP, who said he’s confident United’s fortunes will turn around “sooner rather than later”.
Van Persie admitted that Moyes was rather surprised when the United players treated the 2-0 win over Wigan in the Community Shield like a routine game, with minimum fuss afterwards, let alone celebrations.
“We are used to winning,” said the Dutchman. “If you win, it’s a normal day at the office. After the Community Shield win, none of the players really celebrated, or played music, as it was the way things were.”
Meanwhile, Anderson has finally flown to Italy to seal his loan deal on Fiorentina.