Robin van Persie 'needs' break before returning to Manchester United

Netherlands' forward and captain Robin van Persie takes a penalty kick to score a goal during the third place play-off football match against Brazil on July 12, 2014
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Robin van Persie admits that he is in need of a three-week break before returning to Manchester United for the new season.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has insisted that he is in need of a break following his World Cup campaign with the Netherlands.

The 30-year-old spent six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury towards the end of last season, but regained fitness for his nation's trip to Brazil.

After starting six of the Netherlands' seven games and scoring four goals before ending the campaign in third place, Van Persie has been given some time off.

"I need the three weeks' break," Sky Sports News quotes Van Persie as saying. "The World Cup has been heavy going for me.

"I gave everything I had in every single game. That was it - I had nothing left. We worked really hard at the finals, and we are like lemons that have been squeezed dry."

Van Persie will team up with Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal for the new season as the Dutch coach prepares to begin his role as the new United manager.

Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands is challenged by Christian Bolanos of Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at Arena Fonte Nova on July 5, 2014
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