‘Our players can learn a LOT from him’: Man United boss Erik ten Hag opens up on the success of a finishing session put on by club icon Robin van Persie… as he admits Garnacho and Pellistri ‘loved’ working with the former striker
- Erik ten Hag has revealed how well Robin van Persie’s training session went
- The Manchester United manager invited club icon Van Persie back to Carrington
- The Dutch striker, 39, is planning to move into management after retiring in 2019
- Van Persie worked with youngsters Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Pellistri
- And Ten Hag admitted the two forwards ‘loved’ it and ‘can learn a lot from him’
Erik ten Hag has revealed how well Robin van Persie’s training sessions at Manchester United went down after inviting him back.
Club icon Van Persie returned to Carrington to work with the United boss as he prepares to move into management, and put on finishing drills with youngsters Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Pellistri.
And Ten Hag told United’s website the wingers ‘loved’ working with the Dutchman, 39, and admitted ‘they can learn a lot from him’.
Erik ten Hag has opened up on the success of the training session put on by Robin van Persie
The Manchester United icon (right) returned to Carrington to work on some finishing drills
And Ten Hag revealed Alejandro Garnacho (centre) and Facundo Pellistri (right) ‘loved’ working with the retired Dutch striker – and admitted ‘they can learn a lot’ from the 39-year-old
He said: ‘I think it’s always great to have such icons in. While he did fantastic here at Manchester United, I think he is also an icon for the fans and our players can learn a lot from him.
‘His experience, his skill and he did some exercises with our strikers, they loved it, to be involved (with) him. We want to help Robin van Persie.
‘He is now planning a management career, so we give him the opportunity to look around, get experiences and hopefully it will help him to construct his career.
‘He is really (a) fanatic, and he really consists of the fact he wants to become a manager. He is taking the right steps, and one day, he will be a manager.’
Ten Hag and Van Persie went out for dinner in December at a Chinese restaurant in Manchester
The Feyenoord assistant coach, who hung up his boots in 2013, won the Premier League title in 2012-13 in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season. He is currently studying for his coaching badges
Van Persie took to social media to thank Ten Hag, 52, for the opportunity after the session
After his visit to Carrington, Van Persie – who is targeting his coaching badges – took to social media to thank Ten Hag for the opportunity, posting a picture of himself with United first team coach Benni McCarthy.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘Thanks for the warm welcome Manchester United and Erik ten Hag. A great time back at Carrington for a trip down memory lane and to learn the ropes from one of the best coaches in modern football.’
Van Persie, currently assistant coach of Dutch club Feyenoord, retired in 2019. He won the Premier League title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at the club, scoring 30 goals in all competitions after signing for £24million from Arsenal in August 2012.
He then left Old Trafford for Turkish outfit Fenerbahce in summer 2015, a year before his contract expired, scoring 58 goals in 105 games in all competitions.
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