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Learning from the best! Van Persie helps out at Man Utd training following Ten Hag invitation

5:55 PM WAT 13/12/2022
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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag invited ex-striker Robin van Persie to training this week in a mutually-beneficial partnership.
  • Ten Hag leaned on Van Persie's expertise
  • Van Persie studied for coaching badges
  • Former Red Devils star pictured at training

WHAT HAPPENED? The Dutch coach was happy to have the Netherlands' all-time leading scorer on hand to guide his youngsters in training, and he also had first-team coach Benni McCarthy - the all-time record goal-getter for his own country, South Africa - bounce ideas off Van Persie, according to the club's official website.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Manchester United rank 11th in the Premier League in goals scored this year in part because of a lack of natural strikers, so Ten Hag is eager to get help from a player who scored 30 goals in the division in 2011-12 and 26 in 2012-13.

WHAT NEXT FOR MAN UTD? United return from the World Cup break next Wednesday for a Carabao Cup game against Burnley.