Newly appointed Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has praised David Moyes for his handling of Robin van Persie’s injury last season, Mirror reports.

The current Holland manager believes that his country should thank Moyes for bringing Van Persie back to his lethal best right before the World Cup.

Van Gaal has also revealed that he has been ordered to reach the semi-finals of the competition in Brazil.

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And a vital part to his challenge is Van Persie, who had been injured for much of last season’s Premier League campaign.

The former Bayern Munich boss however disclosed that it was David Moyes who allowed the Dutch hitman to return to the Netherlands for a ‘boot camp’ designed to improve his knee injury.

“He is coming out of injury, you know that,” Van Gaal said. “We built him already up in our federation, our medical department.

“It was under the permission of David Moyes. So we could control him. He has worked very hard. Then he played two matches of 20 or 30 minutes and the last match 30 minutes.

“We did not expect that as the injury was bad. It was not so light. De Guzman [who suffered a hamstring injury in training on Monday] was much lighter I think.

The 62-year-old manager also discussed the last-four target set by the Dutch national Federation.

“The purpose of the board is the semi-finals. I think it’s a big purpose. The purpose is maybe too big an expectation.

“I think this team can beat all. But we can also lose. That’s sport and we accept that but it’s difficult for the Dutch people to accept.”

 

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