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Monday 11 December 2017

van gaal ready to unleash

LOUIS van Gaal is ready to unleash his expensive new strike force on the Premier League but he is still looking to his top man Robin van Persie (inset) who he believes is now fitter than he has ever been.

Van Persie's career has been blighted by injuries and after a virtually blemish free season on the way to the title under Alex Ferguson, he struggled under David Moyes.

"I think he is fitter than he was for the World Cup. He was injured before it and fought to be there. Maybe you remember I let him train the first three weeks before he played a game. I think he is fitter than ever."

Introducing Radamel Falcao and Danny Blind to the media at Old Trafford yesterday, Van Gaal claimed that he now has the options he needs to bed in his philosophy.

"The players have to perform our philosophy. I think the players we have selected shall do that better, otherwise we would not buy them."

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