Rooney was the best striker at Man Utd, Van Persie was not fit – Van Gaal

Former Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal has stated that Robin Van Persie was not fit during his final season at the English Premier League side.

Rooney was the best striker at Man Utd, Van Persie was not fit - Van Gaal



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Van Persie scored 26 goals during the 2012/2013 campaign, following a controversial £24million move from Arsenal. The season ended successfully with the club winning the title.

He however could only manage 18 goals in the following season under David Moyes before Van Gaal took over.

He was favourite to be named captain when Van Gaal took over but got snubbed when Wayne Rooney was picked.

When Van Gaal who retired few weeks ago was asked about his pattern which was reportedly boring during his time at Old Trafford, he said:

“It is not true. You say it was boring. Why was it boring? Maybe it was boring-attacking but that was because the opponent parked the bus.

“Then you have to play at a higher tempo, which is difficult. Then you have to see what kind of players you have.

“Wayne Rooney should have been the number 10 but Robin van Persie was not fit enough for the Premier League, which meant Rooney was the best striker we had.

“But Manchester United needs the best striker in the world.”

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