Dec 09, 2013

    Moyes scotches Van Persie talk


    MANCHESTER United manager David Moyes has dismissed suggestions that Dutch striker Robin van Persie is unhappy at Old Trafford, after a shock 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle United.

    The defending champions have now lost five matches in the Premier League, which is the same number of defeats that they suffered in each of the last two seasons.

    Van Persie returned to the starting XI for the Newcastle match on Saturday, following almost a month out with a groin problem.

    Former Liverpool player and television pundit Mark Lawrenson has claimed that the Dutchman is not content at United and may even have submitted a transfer request.

    But Moyes is adamant that he has no problems with the striker and issued a forceful rebuttal of the claims.

    "That is absolute nonsense. I don't know what harder or tougher word I could say, but that's as good as I've got," said the Scot.

    Moyes insists that United's ongoing problems are not down to him attempting to change too much since he succeeded Alex Ferguson at the end of last season.

    Marouane Fellaini, a £27.5-million (S$56-million) signing from Moyes' former club Everton, was the only major new arrival during the close season.