Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WATCH ROBIN FLY FOR US NOW SAYS MOYES ; BIG MATCH PREVIEW UNITED V Liverpool

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WATCH ROBIN FLY FOR US NOW SAYS MOYES ; BIG MATCH PREVIEW UNITED V Liverpool

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ROBIN van Persie had the fire back in his belly at West Bromwich Albion last Saturday and that has delighted David Moyes even more than the Dutchman publicly confirming he is happy at United.

The 30-year-old striker has ended rumours about his Old Trafford future and his relationship with the Reds boss by nailing his colours to United's mast and backing his boss.

Moyes insists that wasn't news to him but was delighted by RVP's display at the Hawthorns even though he sailed close to the wind with two tackles. One earned him a booking and the second Albion boss Pepe Mel reckoned should have seen him sent off.

The United manager admitted he has been exasperated by the constant speculation surrounding Van Persie's situation, and hinted at a possible new deal for the player.

"Most people wanted to write something different to what I was seeing every day and probably weren't believing my words even though I was saying it," he said. "I was finding it a struggle. If he wasn't playing well on the pitch, that's something else, but he scored a lot of goals. You can't just live off rumours. But some players prefer not to say anything.

"Robin is happy here and I am pleased about that. He has a couple of years to go on his contract and I'm sure that will be something the board look at."

With RVP breaking his silence to put the record straight it still left the question whether last term's Golden Boot winner's recent form, and Danny Welbeck's goal and contribution last Saturday at West Brom when he replaced him, might see Moyes bench him for tomorrow's crunch with Liverpool.

But the Reds manager believes the old Van Persie, who has scored six goals in his last seven games against Liverpool, is returning.

"I thought Robin had his best game against West Brom last week because he tackled people, he ran around, I told him what was required and he didn't half do it," Moyes added. …

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