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15/07/2014 10:45, Report by Mark Froggatt

Van Persie welcomes rest after World Cup

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is relishing the prospect of a well-earned holiday following his World Cup adventure with the Netherlands.

Van Persie started six of Holland’s seven games in Brazil, scoring four goals as Louis van Gaal’s side finished in the bronze-medal position. Those statistics are made more impressive by the fact that he missed the end of the 2013/14 season with a knee injury.

Having flown home from South America, Robin is now looking forward to recharging his batteries while the rest of his United’s team-mates - as well as his manager - travel around the US for this summer’s Tour 2014, presented by Aon.

“I need the three weeks' break,” van Persie told reporters. “The World Cup has been heavy going for me. I gave everything I had in every single game. That was it - I had nothing left. We worked really hard at the finals, and we are like lemons that have been squeezed dry.”

Van Gaal, who has taken just two days off before starting work at United, has paid tribute to van Persie and explained why the talisman deserves a rest from football.

“We rebuilt Robin completely before the finals,” the boss said. “If you take into account how far he has come and what he has achieved, you have to pay him the highest compliments.”

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