Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has given a vote of confidence to manager David Moyes, backing the Scot to lead the Premier League champions back towards the top of the table, reports the Daily Mail.

Van Persie has not featured for United since injuring his thigh in early December, and is still some way off returning to a side that currently sits seventh in the table ahead of their meeting with Chelsea this weekend.

But the 30-year-old has spoken out in support of Moyes, who has overseen three defeats in United’s last four fixtures in all competitions.

Van Persie said: ‘Moyes needs time, he’s new. 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.’

Van Persie will miss the trip to Chelsea on Sunday, whilst Wayne Rooney only has an outside chance of featuring, after receiving treatment on an abdominal injury.

‘We realise that we are stronger when we are playing together, as a partnership,’ Van Persie added.

‘You are always stronger, in any sport, in life, when you are doing stuff together. With a player of Wayne’s calibre, we can go from strength to strength, and we can become even better.

‘One game he will score a couple, the next game I will score a couple. It is important that this partnership is becoming even stronger. ‘

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