Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that Robin van Persie will miss the season opener against Swansea after being given an extended holiday, TalkSPORT reports. 

The Dutch captain has not featured in any pre-season friendlies for United ahead of the new campaign as he has just returned back into training after his World Cup display aided his nation to a third place finish. 

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Van Gaal will not take any risk regarding the fitness of Van Persie in order to avoid any unnecessary injuries in the long-run. 

“When a player has been on holiday for three weeks they have to train,” he told the media.

“I’m sorry but players have to train and Robin needs a full training regime behind him before he can play again.

“People can criticise me for my decision but I know what to do with players who have had three weeks’ holiday. Hopefully, Robin will get his fitness back very fast but, for now, he won’t play.

“Robin wants to play every game, I know that, but so do the other 30 players in the squad.”

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