Moyes hopes for an­other big im­pact from Van Per­sie

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MANCH­ESTER United man­ager David Moyes yes­ter­day said he hoped Robin van Per­sie would have as big an im­pact in the new English Pre­mier League sea­son as he did in his spec­tac­u­lar de­but year.

The Dutch in­ter­na­tional striker was a huge hit at Old Traf­ford last sea­son af­ter switch­ing from Arse­nal and was the Golden Boot win­ner in Eng­land’s top flight, bang­ing in a to­tal of 30 goals in 48 ap­pear­ances.

Moyes, who has taken charge of Manch­ester United af­ter the re­tire­ment of 13-time league-win­ning man­ager Alex Fer­gu­son, said he was ex­cited about hav­ing Van Per­sie in his line-up when the new sea­son kicks off against Swansea City on Au­gust 17.

Van Per­sie only joined the team’s pre- sea­son tour this week in Syd­ney af­ter miss­ing last week­end’s 1-0 loss to Thai­land’s Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok and is ex­pected to come off the bench in Satur­day’s game against the Aus­tralian A-League All Stars.

“We’ve en­joyed him be­ing here. He met up with us when we ar­rived in Syd­ney, but he’s trained quite a bit on his own,” Moyes told a press con­fer­ence.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing him start and to get him play­ing again. He was a mas­sively im­por­tant player for Manch­ester last sea­son and (we’re) hop­ing he’ll have as big an in­flu­ence again this sea­son.

“I got to see him this week for the first time and I mean his con­trol, his touch, his aware­ness, just in small games we’ve played this week,” he added.

“I’ve re­ally been im­pressed by his pro­fes­sion­al­ism as well, the way he’s gone about his work. He trained hard this week.”

Moyes said he wanted to get Van Per­sie to peak fit­ness.

“So what we are do­ing is try­ing to get him into a con­di­tion where he is ready to do ex­actly what he did last sea­son which was score goals for Manch­ester United and he was a re­ally big in­flu­ence in the team. So we’re hop­ing to get more of that this sea­son,” he said.

Moyes said he planned to use Van Per­sie in the sec­ond half of United’s pre-sea­son matches in Aus­tralia, Ja­pan and Hong Kong to build up his match fit­ness for the new cam­paign.

United mid­fielder Michael Car­rick said Van Per­sie was a huge player for the team.

“He got off to a fly­ing start and won us some im­por­tant games at that time of the year and car­ried on through from there,” Car­rick said.

“For us as play­ers to see that, ob­vi­ously with the goals fly­ing in, was great and through­out the sea­son the im­pact he made was amaz­ing for a first sea­son at this club.”

Car­rick added that United un­der Moyes would have to be bet­ter next sea­son to see off the threat of Manch­ester City and Chelsea among five or six ti­tle chal­lengers.

“With us and City and Chelsea chang­ing man­agers there’s a bit of a dif­fer­ent feel about it, but they all have got strong squads.

“The best teams come to the top and hope­fully we’ll be up there,” he said.

“But it’ll be tough as there’s prob­a­bly five or six teams now that fancy their chances of the ti­tle, or cer­tainly the top two or three, so we’ll have to be as good if not bet­ter than ever.” – Sapa-AFP

REUTERS

I’M COUNT­ING ON YOU: Manch­ester United man­ager David Moyes talks to star striker Robin van Per­sie, right, dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia this week.

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