Robin van Persie snubs Arsene Wenger in naming his best manager

Dutch legend Robin van Persie has used a book about Louis van Gaal to hail Sir Alex Ferguson as the best boss he ever worked with.

Van Persie, who played under Van Gaal, Ferguson and Arsene Wenger during a glittering career in which he became Holland's record goalscorer, described Sir Alex as a “super manager' in 'LVG – The Manager and the Total Person'.

The striker, who helped United win the title after arriving from the Gunners in 2012, was devastated when Ferguson announced his retirement after the Premier League had been reclaimed.

But he still rates the Scot as No 1. Van Persie said: “Ferguson really was a super manager.

“It was so brilliant how he always kept the entire squad happy and focussed.

“Wenger was a combination of Ferguson and Van Gaal.

“Arsene always emphasized all the positive things and he looked at what would work for the long term.

“Tactically he (Van Gaal) is a genius. You can’t deny that. I have had managers who had their own strengths.

“But Ferguson really was a super manager.”

Last week, Sunday Mirror Sport revealed how Wayne Rooney rated Van Gaal as the best manager he worked under – and that United were wrong to sack him after two years.

The axe fell less than 24 hours after the Reds had won the FA Cup.

But they had finished fifth in the Premier League – and Van Persie says the end was inevitable.

He said: “ Manchester United really is a beast of a club. It is tough for everyone there.

“I have played for Arsenal. Their fans love it if we played beautiful football and won plenty of games.

“At United you HAD to win. You had to play good football, you had to attack with wingers, but foremost you had to win.

“If things go well, it is the most beautiful place in the world where you can be.

“But if things don’t go well? Tough. I have experienced that myself.

“My first year was good. The second year was less good – and then you are on your own. It's tough and lonely at times. It is very hard.”

David Moyes, Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all been sacked in the seven years since Ferguson shocked Van Persie by retiring in the summer of 2013.

The Dutchman feels the men who followed Fergie had an impossible job because time was of the essence.

Van Persie said: “Louis arrived very soon after Ferguson at Man United, only Moyes was briefly manager between those two.

“So Louis had to carry on with players Moyes had bought and players who were from the Ferguson era.

“But Louis also wanted to make his own mark in Manchester.

“So another four, five players arrived. Di Maria, Falcao, Schweinsteiger.

“At the same time he wanted to drill his own philosophy into the team.

“That required time – and time is something you don’t get at Man United.

“At Arsenal he would have. At Tottenham he would have, But at Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United? You never get time.”

He added: “Louis reckons it was the best trophy he won in his career, when he won the FA Cup with Man United.

“Knowing they were discussing his sacking well before that, I can understand his words a bit.

“But on the other hand, I don’t get it at all. It certainly was not the best trophy in my opinion.

“He has won the Champions League, the Club World Cup, and he won the league in Spain and Germany. I refuse to believe he finds the FA Cup the best trophy.

“Did this adventure at Manchester United come too quickly for him after the World Cup?

“I have asked myself that. The least you can say is that things didn't go so smooth as they did with Holland.

“Louis and the team were both heavily criticised. I don’t think we had a bad bunch of players and we did have some good performances. But we did not get many great results.”

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Steven Gerrard makes Paul Scholes comparison with Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson

Steven Gerrard has claimed that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is controlling games just as Manchester United legend Paul Scholes used to.

Henderson assumed the mantle of Reds skipper from Gerrard after the latter left the club in 2015 and he has continued to grow into the role after a difficult start.

The 29-year-old is now vital to Liverpool's success on the field and within the last twelve months he has led the Anfield club to Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup glory.

Henderson has made 34 appearances this season and led the Reds to within touching distance the Premier League trophy – after a 30-year wait for a league title – only for the season to be suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The England international also played a vital role in setting up the 'Players Together' initiative to raise money for those fighting the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK – though it came as no shock to Gerrard to see him take the lead.

"It's no surprise to me how he is handling himself on and off the pitch, obviously I played with him for numerous years for Liverpool and England," Gerrard told BT Sport .

"Very fit, athletic boy who is very selfless in how he approaches his play on the pitch. He puts everyone else before himself and when you play alongside him you appreciate the job he does for the team."


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Kyle Walker ‘should never play for England again’ after hosting sex party during lockdown, says Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway believes Manchester City should get rid of Kyle Walker and has called on Gareth Southgate not to pick the defender again for England after he broke lockdown restrictions last week.

Walker issued an apology at the weekend after it was revealed he invited a friend and two escorts to his house for a ‘sex party’ last Tuesday, with the ill-advised soiree going against the Government’s social distancing regulations that are in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Walker’s actions mirrored that of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, who was also forced to apologise after he attended a friend’s flat believed to belong to former teammate Ross McCormack the previous weekend, despite the British public not to have any interaction with people from other households.

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Walker was also caught up in a second incident at the weekend, with former England captain Wayne Rooney reported to have been warned by police after he met up with the Manchester City defender while out on a walk with his family.

City are investigating Walker’s actions and he is expected to receive a heavy fine and reprimand for his actions, but current Grimsby Town manager Holloway believes that his defiance of the Government regulations should be enough for the defending Premier League champions to sell Walker as soon as possible – particularly in light of the tragic news that manager Pep Guardiola lost his mother Dolors Sala on Monday after she contracted coronavirus. 

“First off I’d like to send my love and best wishes to Pep as he’s lost his mum,” Holloway told Talksport. “The reality of that and then you have one of your players (Walker), it’s almost brainless. What on earth are you doing having a party like that? It’s bang out of order. I’d be looking to get him out of the club, that’s not right and it’s so irresponsible.

“You end up believing in your hype and you think you can control the world.”

Holloway added that 48-cap England international should never play for the Three Lions again, claiming that it goes completely against what is expected of a national team player.

“Totally. It beggars belief,” he said. “Where’s the discipline? Where’s the actual discipline?”


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The former Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers boss believes that the actions of Walker and Grealish show how the current climate has shown the world has its priorities wrong – particularly when it comes to the wages paid to those who are making the difference during the coronavirus crisis.

“It’s so disrespectful to generations and generations who fought for us, it’s all wrong,” he said of those who continue to go out.

“I think the world is upside down, the top money should not be paid to entertainers, but the people keeping us safe on the frontline and the Government need to make sure these doctors and nurses are paid the top money so people want to do that for real.”

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