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Van Gaal praises Van Persie, quiet on Man U move

Van Gaal praises Van Persie, but refuses to discuss possible move to Manchester United

Netherlands' captain Robin van Persie scores 1-1 before Ecuador's Frickson Erazo, left,  can intercept, during the international friendly soccer match...
Netherlands' captain Robin van Persie runs to the midfield after scoring 1-1 during the international friendly soccer match between Netherlands and Ec...
Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal watches his players during the line up prior to the international friendly soccer match between Netherlands and Ecua...
Netherlands' captain Robin van Persie listen to the national anthem of Ecuador prior to the international friendly soccer match between Netherlands an...

Soccer Netherlands Ecuador

Netherlands' captain Robin van Persie scores 1-1 before Ecuador's Frickson Erazo, left, can intercept, during the international friendly soccer match...

Soccer Netherlands Ecuador

Netherlands' captain Robin van Persie runs to the midfield after scoring 1-1 during the international friendly soccer match between Netherlands and Ec...

Soccer Netherlands Ecuador

Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal watches his players during the line up prior to the international friendly soccer match between Netherlands and Ecua...

Soccer Netherlands Ecuador

Netherlands' captain Robin van Persie listen to the national anthem of Ecuador prior to the international friendly soccer match between Netherlands an...

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was full of praise for captain Robin van Persie after his breathtaking volley secured a 1-1 draw with Ecuador on Saturday.

Just don't ask him if he will be working with the Manchester United star next season.

Van Gaal has been widely tipped as the successor to David Moyes at Old Trafford, but was staying tight-lipped about a possible move after the World Cup.

"I cannot say anything about that," he said after the stalemate with Ecuador at Amsterdam Arena.

But he lavished praise on Van Persie, the Netherlands captain and Manchester United striker.

"Always, you make a player captain when you have ... more or less the same philosophy, not only about football tactics but also about life," he said.


Updated : 2021-04-16 16:42 GMT+08:00